The number of annual deaths caused by medical error has grown over the past years, making it now the # 3 cause of death in America behind only cancer and heart disease. Negligent acts like missed diagnoses, wrong site surgeries, and incorrect drug prescriptions accounted for a staggering 251,000 deaths in America last year.

While errors and mistakes will continue to take place, there are ways to reduce the impact of medical error – one being medical malpractice lawsuits. Check out this infographic put together by a medical malpractice lawyer to learn more about how malpractice suits can help hold doctors and hospitals accountable for patient care.

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Image Source: Weiss & Paarz