In a recent blog post, we discussed the importance of fighting the compensation cap for medical malpractice and our informed opinion that tort reform is set up to protect doctors and insurance companies, not victims of medical errors. In that post, we referenced a study on the “unforced errors” in the medical community causing permanent disabilities and deaths. We wanted to share some additional details of that study. For the medical community, the July 26, 2000, release of the Journal of American Medical Association, Volume 284 was “the shot heard round the medical world.” On that day, Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health released her documentation revealing that 225,000 Americans die every year from unforced errors in the medical community.
Those unforced errors included the following five statistics, per her startling research:
- 106,000 die from non-error, adverse drug side effects.
- 80,000 die from infections received while being hospitalized.
- 20,000 die from hospital errors outside of medication errors.
- 12,000 die annually from unnecessary surgery.
- 7,000 die annually from medication errors in hospitals.
Perhaps you know of someone whose life has been ruined or ended by a medical error in Baton Rouge. Perhaps your own quality of life was damaged because of a negligent doctor. If this has limited their, or your, ability to live a quality life or be able to work to their previous ability, we believe they should be compensated. If you have further questions about this blog post or other legal matters, we welcome the opportunity to answer them for you. Please feel free to contact us toll-free at (866) 281-4774