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Past studies reported by Forbes have estimated that 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed by health professionals each year, which makes up 5 percent of all patients who seek out doctors for answers to their health concerns. Considered by many experts to be an epidemic, the issue of medical malpractice takes many different forms, from medication and pharmaceutical errors to surgical, emergency room, and birth injury errors. Frightening accounts of medical malpractice cases are regularly amplified in the media and talked about in our communities, but many patients are still unsure of how to protect themselves and their families as they turn to their physicians for help. It is one thing to hear of someone else’s experience with a medical error, but it becomes an entirely different matter when it happens to you.

Signs You May Have Experienced a Medical Error

One reason the occurrence of medical malpractice is so alarming is that medical errors are often a silent threat. Many errors go undetected, sometimes for months or years, before they are discovered. The most practical, effective way to stay on top of your health is to be your own healthcare advocate. This means taking preventative measures to reduce your chances of becoming a medical malpractice statistic. You can do this by researching your conditions, symptoms, and medications before you begin any plan of treatment, and doing your homework on the provider you have selected before deciding to become a patient. If you are concerned that you may already be a victim of medical negligence, here are some common warning signs that you may have a medical malpractice claim on your hands:

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Schaumburg prescription medication error lawyer

If you have ever suspected a possible prescription medication error by your doctor or pharmacist, you are not alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that each year, they receive over 100,000 reports in the United States about suspected medication errors, which pile in from medical professionals, consumers, and drug manufacturers far and wide. Studies have shown that certain populations, such as the elderly and those of low socioeconomic status, are at greater risk of experiencing medication errors, a very serious form of medical malpractice. However, research further reveals that emergency departments are the third most common source for patients receiving incorrect doses or overdoses, placing the general public as a whole at risk.

Prevent Yourself from Becoming a Statistic

With alarming reports of medication errors flooding the news each year, it is only natural for patients in the state of Illinois and nationwide to experience a growing concern about their health and the health of their loved ones. When it comes to protecting your well-being, being a strong advocate of your healthcare is the very best defense against becoming a medical malpractice statistic. Put the following steps into practice to take a proactive approach to protect your health:

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Rolling Meadows birth injury attorney

Within recent years, the public has witnessed an array of medical malpractice statistics surface across the nation. In the not-so-distant past, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) cited medical negligence as the third leading cause of death in the United States, and a Johns Hopkins study once claimed that more than 250,000 people die each year in the United States from medical mistakes. From coast to coast, emerging reports such as these leave a trail of concerns among patients and their families, namely the worry that one of these medical errors will one day affect them personally and hit much too close to home.

What Is Medical Negligence?

While the thought of a medical mistake in the healthcare community is a scary one, you can combat that fear by educating yourself and your loved ones. You are the best advocate for your own healthcare. Make yourself aware of the various forms of medical negligence so you can work to reduce your risks, and empower yourself by seeking out the resources and help you need in the event that you experience an incident of medical error. Here are examples of some of the most common types of malpractice we see in the medical community today:

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Rolling Meadows misdiagnosis lawyer

The danger of misdiagnosis in the healthcare industry is alarming, and it is far from a new issue. Over the last few years alone, these errors, which frequently lead to medical malpractice cases, have garnered a lot of attention in the media, putting patients on red alert when it comes to the matter of their precious health. In 2015, the National Academy of Medicine announced that most people will receive an incorrect diagnosis at least once in their lives. In 2017, research showed that an estimated 100,000 Americans died or were permanently disabled due to an incorrect or delayed diagnosis.

Advocating For Your Health

While reports such as these continue to surface each year, they may lead one to ponder the degree of control a person has over their own health, especially when it feels as if you are at the mercy of the physicians you turn to for answers. Thankfully, you are not powerless when it comes to protecting yourself from misdiagnosis. Here are a few practical, effective ways you can advocate for our health: 

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Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyer

In the United States, various forms of medical malpractice are much more common than most people would like to assume. Medical malpractice is defined as a process in which a medical professional does not adhere to a set of standards and thus causes injuries or significant harm to a patient. Malpractice in the medical field can include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and pharmaceutical errors. Regardless of the type of medical malpractice, when a medical professional acts in a negligent or reckless manner, the implications can be life-threatening. If you or a member of your family has been impacted by the negligence of a medical professional, it is time to speak with a skilled legal professional. 

Medical Mistakes 

In any profession, people can make mistakes; we are all human. Unfortunately, in the medical industry, a person’s negligence or reckless behavior can ultimately cost a person his or her life. Below are some of the most common forms of medical malpractice in the United States. 

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