Residents of Camden, New Jersey, who have been victims of or who have witnessed examples of medical malpractice may like to know more about what they can do to prevent it. Generally, it is considered to be an act of medical negligence on the part of doctors and other health care professionals who provide treatment and service below the standard of practice in many communities. The accused may then have a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against him or her and may have to compensate the victim or the victim's family for the resulting damages.
According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 30,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents each year. These fatal motor vehicle accidents cost billions of dollars in medical costs and work losses. In 2005, the national economic losses amounted to $41 billion. New Jersey's share of that total was $651 million. Only $9 million was in medical costs; the work-loss costs were a staggering $642 million.
Residents of New Jersey may have read about various cases when a patient was not correctly diagnosed with an illness or was given the wrong medication, or even cases when the medical professional conducted a wrong-site surgery or other surgical errors. These acts of medical malpractice can have serious affects on the health of a person. However, patients can avoid some of these errors by taking certain precautions.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents occur about every 10 seconds in the United States. About a quarter of those accidents injure people, and 1 percent kills. The bottom line is that driving a car is among the most dangerous things any New Jersey resident can do.
Some occupations in New Jersey can be quite dangerous. But even jobs that are not usually considered hazardous can result in serious injuries and even deaths of workers. Workplace injuries and deaths can have significant financial consequences for the victims and their families. New Jersey employers are therefore required by law to compensate for these losses by providing workers' compensation benefits.
This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, which is a global movement to raise awareness to the importance of patient safety issues and efforts to improve safety. Patient safety can be impacted by several different factors. However, most people would be surprised to hear that hospital noise can actually impact a patient's health.