When we think of major acts of medical malpractice in New Jersey, we may think of botched surgeries, staph infections acquired in hospitals and mistakes made when one is recovering from an illness or injury during an inpatient stay at a hospital. However, how common are mistakes made in primary and outpatient settings?
Medical errors are not limited to inpatient care
According to one study, four out of 10 people harmed by medical errors were treated in an outpatient setting. Moreover, as many as 80% of those medical mistakes could have been prevent had due care been practiced.
The study focused on the three most common types of medical mistakes. One was medication errors and adverse drug events. The second was surgical errors. The third was misdiagnosis of a medical condition.
According to the study, while surgical errors have been going down over time, adverse drug events are going up.
What can I do if I was the victim of medical malpractice?
Medical professionals have a duty to practice medicine in a manner that meets acceptable medical standards and procedures. If they deviate from this duty, and that deviation causes a patient to suffer damages, the patient may want to learn more about holding the medical professional and possibly the clinic or hospital where they were treated accountable for their actions.
Acts of medical malpractice can be a costly, painful and long-lasting experience. This post does not provide legal advice for any person’s specific experience. Medical malpractice attorneys in New Jersey may be able to provide victims of medical malpractice with more information about their legal options.