The Facts About Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice, medical negligence and medical errors are responsible for almost 200,000 deaths annually in the United States. When a health care professional causes personal injury in the course of diagnosis or treatment, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Statistics show that approximately 195,000 people are killed every year by medical errors in the United States. The study notes that about 1.14 million patient-safety incidents occurred among the 37 million hospitalizations in the Medicare population over the years 2000-2002. Hospital costs associated with such medical errors were estimated at $324 million in October 2008 alone. Between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits are brought against doctors each year.