DC Issues Leading Causes of Preventable Deaths

By Peter DePaolis

Tobacco, Poor Diet, Medical Errors Part of the List

If you would like more information about injuries stemming from the negligent act of another, contact Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer Roger C. Johnson of McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis L.L.P.

Victims of accidents and the negligent acts of others play an important role in ensuring that these incidents occur less in the future. Injured workers who pursue their rights can ensure better training and a safer work place for future employees. Medical patients can prevent doctors from making similar mistakes or oversights on future patients. People injured in car accidents can send a message that distracted driving and putting others at peril is not acceptable.

In an effort to reduce the numbers of preventable deaths in the District, the DC Department of Health released a study of the top preventable causes of death in DC. Preventable deaths made up just shy of 50% of all deaths in DC. The two leading causes were tobacco (16.6%) and poor diet and physical inactivity (15.1%). Other causes were alcohol consumption (2.9%), firearms (2.7%), medical errors (2.7%), motor vehicles (0.6%), and lack of insurance (0.6%).

The goal of the report is to improve how government services and policies are created and delivered to DC residents. Because preventable deaths are just that – preventable – the Department of Health hopes to bring down the numbers associated with these causes. By recognizing these leading causes of preventable deaths, DC residents can take proactive steps so that they and their loved ones can live as long and healthily as possible.

If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries that could have been prevented, please contact a  Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.