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Medical Errors: Are They Really the Third Leading Cause of Death?

iStock-519885805-resize-300x199.jpgMedical errors are about to come back into the public spotlight thanks to a new documentary. To Err is Human takes its name from the infamous 1999 Institute of Medicine report, which found medical mistakes kill an estimated 98,000 US patients each year. As the documentary notes, newer studies estimate this number could be several times higher.

How Can Medical Mistakes Cause Cerebral Palsy?

bigstock-140639189_preview-300x200.jpegThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines cerebral palsy as a group of disorders that affect balance and movement. Cerebral palsy can occur when the developing brain is harmed by an abnormality or injury. Medical mistakes made before, during or shortly after birth are a cause of cerebral palsy.

Georgia Teen Sues Train Company after Losing Legs in Train Accident

iStock-121961016-resize-300x199.jpgA Georgia teen and his family have filed suit against train company CSX and the operators that were running a train that hit the teen. The teen was struck in March while walking along the train tracks. He spent four months in an intensive care unit and both of his legs were amputated below the knee as a result. At the time of the filing, the teen had already racked up more than $200,000 in medical costs, which he argues the train operators are liable for.

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