Michael H. Bereston, Inc.

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Phone: 410-793-4554

Toll Free: 866-517-4037

Thousands of deaths linked to medical errors each year

"To err is human" we are told by Alexander Pope. But what if that error leads to the death or permanent disability of another person? Doctors are surely human, and we all make mistakes. However, the onus is on medical professionals to be the best that they can be and give their full attention to their job at all times. Mistakes might be made, but that is why there are measures in place to check and double-check. Every effort should be made to ensure the safety of the patient.

Unfortunately, every year in the United States, as many as 440,000 people are estimated to die after being affected by a medical error. This could be anything from a misdiagnosis, to being given the wrong drugs or even having equipment left inside them during surgery. Whatever the case, the figure is more than a little unsettling.

As is highlighted on the Consumer Reports website that total suggests over 1,000 deaths connected with medical errors occur every day on average. Even more alarming, 440,000 is more than 50 percent of the total number of annual fatalities in U.S. hospitals. But what can you do as a patient when you have to place your life in the hands of medical professionals? Staying informed about hospital ratings is one step you can take.

However, if you are harmed as a result of a medical error in Maryland, you may want to challenge those responsible. An attorney can advise you about your options and may be able to assist you in filing a medical malpractice claim. Irresponsible medical personnel must be held accountable for their actions if this problem is ever to be brought under control.

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Michael H. Bereston, Inc.
138 Main Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 2990
Annapolis, MD 21401

Maryland: 410-793-4554
Toll Free: 866-517-4037
Baltimore/Annapolis: 410-269-5011
DC: 202-628-2226
Fax: 410-269-5022

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