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Medical malpractice can lead to the deaths of patients

Medical malpractice can lead to a wrongful death. When it does, it's important that families know that they have a right to pursue a claim. Negligence or errors in a medical setting are simply unacceptable, since a patient's life depends on quality service.

It's been estimated by the Institute of Medicine that up to 100,000 people die in America every year as a result of preventable medical errors. These errors cost lives and have to be addressed. When they aren't, more people pass away and families are left with the burden of a lawsuit.

Failing to accurately diagnose a medical condition is one of the most common forms of malpractice. This could happen if a doctor fails to diagnose a heart attack, stroke or hypertension. It could be malpractice if the medical provider didn't recognize diabetes or internal bleeding. Even cancers or gynecological conditions should be diagnosed swiftly, although they can be somewhat complicated to identify.

If these conditions aren't identified and treated, patients can die. If they're treated with the wrong medications, they could die from the treatment or from the progression of disease. With so much at stake, it's vital that medical providers are always giving their all, asking questions when needed, requesting tests and referring patients when they're unsure of a diagnosis but know which medical provider or specialist may have the answers the patient seeks.

Patients deserve only the best care no matter where they are. If you lose a loved one due to neglect, know that you have a right to make sure the medical provider is held responsible.

Source: BSFDEA.com, "Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death," accessed Sep. 28, 2017

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