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Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in U.S.

It is common to hear about how smoking-related diseases, cancer and auto accidents are leading causes of death in Washington and the country. However, people may not realize there is another danger lurking that does not receive as much attention, and it's been a problem for quite some time. The reality, as reported by the Washington Post, is that the third leading cause of death, above accidents, is medical errors. This includes anything from surgical errors to diagnostic mistakes.

Taking a look at surgical errors

When patients prepare for operations, they may face a number of challenges, from anxiety over the procedure to preparing for surgery. Unfortunately, some patients in Seattle and across Washington may experience a surgical error. When a surgical error occurs, the patient may suffer from a worsened condition or deal with a tremendous amount of pain. Sadly, some of these errors prove fatal and leave families with permanent emotional pain.

Federal truck drivers' hours challenged by lawmakers

As most Seattle residents know, the trucking industry is necessary for the comfort and well-being of people across the country. If not for the big rigs that make their way across America's highways every day, people would have far less access to products that they take for granted. However, there is a dangerous side to the trucking industry. In 2015, 42 people were killed in large truck accidents in Washington State, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fatigue due to long driving hours is a major factor in serious truck crashes.

When mom is the victim of a birth injury

Birth is a remarkable event. The birth of a child should be a joyous moment for the parents, but especially for the mother. She is responsible for the creation of a new life, a momentous occasion. Yet many mothers suffer birth injuries and complications after they give birth that are misdiagnosed or completely ignored.

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