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A new Arizona State University study has found that American hospitals are making preventable medical errors that kill thousands of Americans each year. Officials say that number is the equivalent to a jumbo jet crash once a day.

The reported concerns revolve around the issues of the increase in the number of people dying , the lack of fully implemented life saving information technologies (IT) tools, and under-staffing. While there is a debate at present concerning the problems with new technology and if it creates more errors, it seems clear that there are uniform changes that most agree can help with the clarity and review of records.

As with any wrongful death in a Minnesota hospital due to medical error , there are a number of issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed the general wrongful death topic in a recent article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was interviewed last year on the same topic.

This is an area of law that requires prompt attention and help from a trained legal adviser. The legal adviser has to be able to deal with not only the insurance issues, but also the various medical questions involved. In each of these cases, time may be very limited. It is important that the advice of an attorney is obtained as soon as possible. These cases also require the help of a knowledgeable medical expert. It is essential that all issues are dealt with as soon as possible.

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