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Medical malpractice is on the rise

There are an increased number of patients in Connecticut and around the country who are being negatively affected by medical negligence. It has become such as issue that it is a leading cause of death, with only heart disease and cancer being responsible for more fatalities. With the high number of healthcare provider mistakes, and the malpractice claims that accompany them, people are wondering why this is happening and what can be done.

Based off recent studies, the Washington Post states more than 250,000 people die annually due to medical errors. These errors include things like surgeries on the wrong limb, giving a strong drug to the wrong patient, mistaken diagnoses and failure to revive dying patients. Some of the reasons for these mistakes include miscommunication between providers, systemic failures and bad doctors. 

Experts are calling for more accountability from healthcare staff and facilities. This includes reporting all errors that lead to a preventable death, more in-depth investigations of the medical errors and lowering the tolerance for mistakes in the healthcare industry. 

Forbes discusses that more medical mistakes may be prevented if patients get more involved in their care. Not only should they do sufficient research to learn about their health conditions, they should spend more time with their healthcare providers and make sure all their questions and concerns are addressed. Instead of trusting the staff fully, patients should feel comfortable visiting other doctors to get second and third opinions, and they need to speak up if they do not feel comfortable or think something is amiss.

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