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Medical Mistakes – The Sixth Leading Cause of Death in America

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article noting the prevalence of medical mistakes in US hospitals and the devastating impact of those mistakes on innocent people. Estimates indicate that medical mistakes alone cause enough deaths to fill four jumbo jets every week making them the sixth leading cause of death in America. However, these numbers don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the number of innocent people who are injured as a result of those mistakes and other medical malpractice. As the Wall Street Journal notes, “roughly a quarter of all hospitalized patients will be harmed by a medical error of some kind.”

Unfortunately, the medical community at large does not seem willing or able to acknowledge or correct these mistakes. The mistakes continue, and neither the patients nor their families are informed of what really happened to them. Instead, patients and their families are left to deal with the devastation of losing a loved one or living with the long-term impact of injuries that weren’t their fault.

If you or a loved one has been injured during a hospitalization, we would like to help. At the Sandy Springs office of Houck│Regas our staff of medical professionals and attorneys who have worked in and represented the hospitals gives us the resources to find out what really happened and to help you protect your rights in the event of medical mistakes or other medical malpractice.  For additional information regarding our medical malpractice representation, see our Medical Malpractice practice page. Please call us at 770.392.6080 for a free consultation.


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