Medical Malpractice: Negligence that Can Cause Death

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
  • Misdiagnosis
  • 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.

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