Common sense tells us that hospitals are where the sick go to get better. However, the following statistics on Hospital Malpractice indicate that Hospitals are where the sick go to get worse.
Created by: Medical Billing and Coding
When you think about the above statistics they are truly startling.
1. You are 33,000 times more likely to die from a Hospital Error than a plane crash.
2. An alarming 1 in 5 Hospitalized patients suffer from Medical Errors.
3. 1.7 Million infections are contracted in the hospital each year, and 99,000 people die per year from infections.
4. 7,000 patients are killed by medication errors every year
As a Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyer I have represented individuals across the state of Florida that have been victims of Hospital Errors. The mistakes are caused by a wide variety of factors ranging from simple inattentiveness to a failure to communicate between doctors and nurses. The consequences from these errors are usually grave.
Rather than placing such a great effort on limiting the recovery for the victims of Medical Malpractice, the greater emphasis should be on limiting the number of preventable mistakes.