Approximately 20 percent of all trauma deaths in US hospitals and emergency rooms could be prevented with more immediate access to quality medical care, according to a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS). The results of the study could have a serious impact on medical malpractice lawsuits in the future, as family members who have lost loved ones try to find out what may have gone wrong and whether anyone might be liable.
The report was published shortly after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, an incident that highlighted the need for fast access to medical treatment for individuals suffering from medical emergencies. According to authorities, many of the victims in the Florida shooting were able to survive because there was a hospital located mere blocks away from the club.
The study is getting a lot of attention as more and more medical experts focus on the disheartening number of individuals who are dying every year due to traumatic injuries. For instance, almost 148,000 Americans died as a result of trauma in 2014. Moreover, trauma is now the number-one cause of death for U.S. residents who are under the age of 45.
What researchers with the NAS found is that the rate of survival for trauma victims is significantly affected by the victims’ proximities to hospitals with doctors and equipment to provide high-quality treatment and care. Another important aspect of the study results is that efficient transportation via ambulances could also greatly affect the likelihood of a trauma victim surviving their injuries.
For further information, read the Yahoo.com article, “Up to 1 in 5 Trauma Deaths Could Be Prevented, Study Says.”
If you or someone you love sustained an injury because of doctor negligence, you should speak with a qualified medical malpractice attorney. The experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Andres & Berger can help you get compensated for your injuries or illness. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your case.