Medical Errors are Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States

A bright light recently was placed on the prevalence of medical errors in hospitals and other health-care facilities in the United States.  In an articlepublished by the BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal, it was estimated that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming 251,000 lives a year.  Unfortunately, this number does not include the number of medical mistakes that result in serious injuries.  According to experts, that number could be 40 times more than the death rate resulting from medical errors.

Based on these sobering statistics, we likely have family or friends that have suffered as a result of medical malpractice.  Now that we are all aware of the prevalence of this issue in the United States, we should be more proactive in identifying and pursuing claims of medical malpractice so that we can protect subsequent patients and, in our own way, make the system better.

If you or a loved one believes they may have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. today to schedule a confidential consultation.  You can reach us via telephone at (301) 968-2384 or send us an e-mail at

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Written by Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C.

Attorney Jamaal (“Jay”) W. Stafford has extensive experience counseling and representing clients facing complex and challenging legal issues. He puts his experience to work with each client to help them get their desired results, no matter what legal situation they are facing. Each service that is offered is backed by his experience, education, professional training, and passion for employment law and litigation.