In the United States, there are more than one million people that fall into a coma each year. A coma is a medical condition where a person is unconscious. The duration of a coma varies between patients. However, when a coma lasts longer than a few weeks, it is likely that the patient will not recover and may remain in this vegetative state. While a coma may occur as a result of an unexpected accident or terminal illness, it may also occur as a result of medical negligence.
Common errors that may result in a patient falling into a coma include the following: