Nobody’s perfect and mistakes do happen. But when they happen in
a hospital, the results can be irreparable. According to a new report,
hundreds of thousands of Americans die each year because of medical mistakes
in hospitals. Published in the
Journal of Patient Safety, the study found that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients experienced
preventable harm that contributed to their deaths. If those numbers are
accurate, medical errors would be one of the leading causes of death in
the United States.
Why such a wide range?
The truth is that no one knows for certain what the right number is, since
doctors and nurses are unlikely to report all medical errors. For obvious
reasons, they tend to band together when a serious slipup occurs. Not
to mention the fact that they often have the support of the board and
the hospital administrative staff, whose primary goal is to avoid scandal
and preserve the reputation of the institution. This means that the injured
patient or his family will almost always face an uphill battle in their
quest for justice, or even answers.
Who to call?
A personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice and/or
wrongful death cases can help.