What is medical malpractice?
Medical News Today defines Medical Malpractice as a negligence by a health care professional or provider in which treatment provided was substandard, and caused harm, injury or death to a patient.
It reports that one in every three hospitalized patients in the USA encounters a hospital error. The most common hospital errors are:
- Giving the patient the wrong dosage
- Giving the patient the wrong medication
- Leaving things inside the patient’s body after surgery
- Operating on the wrong part of the body
- Persistent back pain after surgery
- Potentially fatal staph infections
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
What are the medical malpractice statistics?
According to the recent article entitled “Medical Malpractice Basic Information” published by WorldLawDirect, hundreds of people die from medical malpractice.
- 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
- 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
- 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
- 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals
- 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medication
The research has shown that there are between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits against US doctors annually.