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Medical errors the nation’s third-most common cause of death

When you feel under the weather and your symptoms do not go away after a few days, chances are, you schedule a visit to your Arizona doctor to find out what is going on and what you can do to improve your condition. Similarly, when you go under the knife or otherwise seek treatment at a hospital, you place the same level of trust in the people treating you, believing that they know what they are doing and that you are in good hands. At the Law Office of JoJene E. Mills, P.C., we understand that health care professionals, like everyone, are not immune to making mistakes, but the mistakes some doctors, nurses and others make can have devastating consequences.

According to CNBC, medical mistakes are surprisingly common across the United States, and so much so that they have now become the third-biggest killer of Americans after cancer and heart disease. Just what types of medical mistakes are today’s health care professionals prone to making, and is there anything you can do to help protect yourself?

Some common medical errors involve doctors failing to diagnose a condition, or inaccurately diagnosing a particular condition. Failures to diagnose some conditions, including most cancers, can have a significant impact on a patient’s prognosis, and in some cases, such errors can mean the difference between dying and surviving.

Other common medical mistakes involve medication errors. In some cases, doctors, nurses, nursing assistants or anesthesiologists can administer the wrong amount of a particular medication, which can affect its performance and potentially cause dangerous side effects. While you, as a patient, cannot prevent all doctor errors and medical mistakes, you may benefit, in some circumstances, from seeking a second opinion if you question a doctor’s diagnose or recommended course of treatment. You can find more about medical errors on our webpage.

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