National Medical Malpractice Statistics

If you have suffered or are suffering from medical malpractice you may be feeling alone but medical malpractice has become a larger problem than most people realize and than medical professionals want to admit. Latest statistics actually show that probably around 225,000 people die every year due to some form of medical malpractice, and that is an uncomfortable number for patients and health care professionals. Sadly even such great numbers of fatalities have not brought about the investigative measures that actually are needed to decrease the numbers of deaths relating to medical malpractice.

National statistics not only show a great amount of deaths caused by medical malpractice, but they also show that few claims are actually made and only about 2% of people who have suffered from medical malpractice claims actually ever attempt to gain compensation for the malpractice through legal lawsuits. Even smaller is the percentage of people who actually receive any compensation for the medical malpractice they have suffered. These statistics seem to show that patients should be bringing more lawsuits against health care professionals and institutions, not that they should be reduced, as many politicians seem to think.

Medical malpractice in some form has become the third highest cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 12,000 people die from unnecessary surgery, 7,000 die from medication errors, 20,000 people die from various other errors in hospitals, 80,000 people die from nosocomial infections acquired in hospitals, and an amazing 106,000 deaths occur every year bad effects of medications. The numbers of medical malpractice resulting in death are staggering and should prompt further investigation from the government into health care.

Today the numbers of people suffering from medical malpractice and the numbers of those dying as a result of medical malpractice are staggeringly large. Medical malpractice seems to be a growing problem in the United States according to statistics. The only way to stop the amount of medical malpractice occurring is for patients who have suffered from medical malpractice to step forward and make malpractice claims against medical professionals and institutions. If you have been a victim of malpractice contact a lawyer in your area that specializes in medical malpractice and find out what options and rights you have available to you. You may be entitled to compensation for medical procedures, time off or work, and pain and suffering.

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It is important that you are not another statistic, but that you as a patient stand up for your right and make claims that result in discipline against medical personnel that deserve it.