The term "medical malpractice" is well known. Medical malpractice is one of the most common reasons for death in the United States, creating an environment full of anxiety, stress, and in some a lack of confidence in the medical profession. Cases of medical malpractice are very costly and generally cause a great deal of hardship for the patients who oftentimes suffer permanent damage as a result of negligence.
The Journal of the American Medical Association states that medical neglect falls only behind heart disease and cancer as a leading cause of death in the United States. The Institute of Medicine states that from 44,000 all the way up to 88,000 deaths in hospitals each year are caused by conditions that could have been prevented. This is an alarming number of deaths associated with negligence on the part of health care facilities.
The Institute of Medicine also asserts that between $17 to $29 billion is the cost to society of medical malpractice claims. However, the amount spent on medical malpractice insurance was just over $6 billion, meaning that the amount of money going out is exceeding the amount being put toward it several times over.
What is even more interesting is that only 1 out of 20 doctors, or 5 percent, are responsible for more than half of all medical malpractice claims. This places a greater burden on other medical professionals to prevent such errors from occurring and causes a financial burden on the entire industry.
If you or someone you care about has been impacted by the dangers and negative effects of medical malpractice, you should speak directly to a practicing medical negligence attorney. Only an attorney can provide you with guidance and counsel on your rights and what possible courses of action you may be able to take in your unique situation.