Medical Error Crisis Raises in America
Here are some frightening statistics about the raise in medical malpractice, physcian error and hospital negligence in American. Medical error is the third leading cause of deaths in the United States, right behind cancer and and heart disease. According to the Journal of Patient Safety, the number of preventable patient deaths each year is between 210,000 – 440,000. The first report, which dropped a bombshell, published in 1999, by the Institute of Medicine, reported that 98,000 people eaxh year were dying from preventable medical mistakes.
In 2010, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicine alone in any given year. www.NPR.org Marshall Allen, September 20, 2013.
CoverMD reports that medical error in the United States kills up to 100,000 people every year, while the US News & Health Reports more than 200,000 people dying from preventable medical errors and up to 20 times more suffer from errors but do not die from them. Regardless of who reports the statistics, it is undeniable that there is a crisis of medical malpractice and hospital error in America.
Ten Most Common Medical Mistakes
According to an article publisbed in CoverMD, “The Ten Most Common Medical Errors,” by Barry Bialek, MD, the ten most common preventable medical errors are as follow:
- Technical medical errors
- Failure to use indicated tests
- Avoidable delays in treatment
- Failure to take precriptions
- Failure to act on test results
- Inadequate monitoring after surgery
- Inadequare patient preparation
- Inaequate follow-up after treatment
Inspite of the medical error crisis in American being on the raise, the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed is down. According to the Court Statistics Project, www.courtstatistics.org medical malpractice lawsuits is on a decline. Much of the decline is attributed to a national focus on medical malpractice tort reform in light of a falsely perceived medical malpractice litigation crisis. According to “Medical Malpractice Litigation in State Courts,” published www.courtstatistics.com by Cynthia Lee and Robert C. LaFountain, Senior Court Research Analyst, bills to cap noneconomic damages, tighten the deadline for filing medical malpractice claims, limit attorneys’ fees, and impose other restrictions on medical malpractice lawsuits in state and federal courts were introduced in both the House and Senate.
Medical liability is intended, however, to compensate patients and injured victims for their harm and loss, to encourage doctors to take appropriate precautions and to provide a forum in which negligent physicians can be held accountable.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Success Rates.
The table below compares basic statistics for medical malpractice trials and other types of personal injury trials. It is taken from the www.courtstatistics.org study on medical malpractice litigation in America.
As you can see from the above chart, in medical malpractice lawsuits, plaintiffs lose most of the time. When a plaintiff wins, however, the jury awards are larger than in other types of personal injury cases. This is because the injuries tend to be more sever medical malpractice cases than in other personal injury cases.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in New Jersey
Incoming medical malpractice and autombile tort cases in New Jersey breaks down as follows:
NEW JERSEY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY
As you can see from the above medical malpractice and hospital error statistics in New Jerse, few cases are filed and they are difficult to win. This is why, if you are considering a medical malpractice or hospital error lawsuit it is important to speak with an experienced New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorney.
George T. Baxter, Esq., is an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice attorney who was selected from America’s top trial lawyers for the “Trial Lawyer of the Year Public Achievement Award,” by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Washington, D.C.. Mr. Baxter was nominated for this distinction for protecting health care consumers in the case Snyder v. American Association of Blood Banks. In this case, Mr. Baxter won the first New Jersey jury verdict for a cardiac patient who was given AIDS-contaiminated blood. Mr. Baxter also won the only national jury verdict against the billion dollar-a-year blood industry for its failure to proper precautions to prevent thousands of units of contaminated blood from being given to patients.
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