Johns Hopkins believes over 250,000 deaths in the U.S. are the result of medical errors. Some studies believe that number could be higher than 400,000. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact number as the cause of death listed on a death certificate rarely lists “medical error.” Only cancer (over 584,000 deaths) and heart (over 611,000 deaths) take more lives than medical malpractice. When a medical error is made, it has a devastating effect on the patient, family members, and friends.
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional’s negligent care leads to a patient’s death or injury. In Colorado, there was an average of 24 malpractice suits per 100,000 residents in 2015. The total payouts came to $43.9 million. Who can sue a medical professional? There are no age limits on medical malpractice cases. If you feel a doctor, dentist, surgeon, nurse, OB/GYN, or other professional was negligent, you could have a case. Some situations might be best addressed by
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) recently started an inquiry to find out more about the opioid epidemics and found many drug makers guilty of corruption. During her recent probe, the Senator asked several large pharmaceutical companies and distributors, such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, McKesson, Allergan and others, to explain how they actively monitor suspicious orders of painkillers. The results of this investigation uncovered how Big Pharma ignored the red flags and paid well over $10.5 million in the last few years to promote the use of
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