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Medical Malpractice is Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.


The Journal of the American Medical Association states medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice comes in just right behind heart disease and cancer.

According to JAMA, over $3 billion was spent in medical malpractice paid claims in 2012 alone. JAMA reports one paid medical malpractice claim averages every 43 minutes. In the last decade, several research studies reports every year 225,000 Americans have died as a result of their medical treatments. The studies go on to further explain unnecessary surgery is responsible for 12,000 deaths per year, medication errors in hospitals is responsible for 7,000 deaths per year, other errors in hospitals is responsible for 20,000 deaths per year, infections in hospitals are responsible for 80,000 deaths, and negative effects of drugs is responsible for 106,000 deaths per year.

If you have lost a loved one who was undergoing medical treatment, and you believe the negligence or misconduct of a medical professional has caused your loved one’s death, you need St. Louis’ best medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC. With over a century of combined legal experience, our legal professionals have the expertise and resources to handle the most complex types of medical malpractice claims. Attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth will work hard to ensure your case is thoroughly investigated and presented clearly during litigation. Our attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth will also be prepared to take your claim to trial to fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. Call today, a trusted medical malpractice attorney at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC is available for consultation, at no cost to you.

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