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Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the US. According to a report published by the Institute of Medicine, as many as 98,000 people across the nation die in hospitals as a result of medical errors.

Physicians, government agencies, and group health care purchasers are working together to make the health care system in the country safer. That said, you can safeguard yourself from the risks of medical errors in New York.

Listed below are a few tips that will help keep you safe when undergoing medical treatment.

Read more: Medical Errors in New York - How to Prevent Them

shutterstock_509813614.jpgAccording to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 2,449 medical malpractice cases were disposed of by jury or bench trial in general jurisdiction state courts in 2005 throughout the United States. Approximately 99% of these trials were decided by a jury.

Read more: FAQs on Medical Malpractice in New York and Filing Lawsuits

As a patient who needs to undergo a surgery, you know that there is always a risk of something going wrong. While some complications are not the fault of a doctor or staff, the fact is that others are a direct result of human error. Surgical errors leave patients in pain, and they can even result in death. Sometimes patients need second surgeries to correct errors, too. What can you do to help prevent this from happening to you? Here are three tips.

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