Medical malpractice could be a serious health risk for anyone. Negligent or malicious acts on the part of a physician or healthcare professional can result in serious injury or even death. There are many things that most people wouldn’t know about medical malpractice that could make it even scarier.
10 Facts About Medical Malpractice
- According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, it’s the third leading cause of death in America.
- 80 percent of medical malpractice cases are attributed to human error.
- According to the Maryland Practice Team, 40 percent of doctors say that they are overwhelmed with patients, which can lead to human error.
- Medical malpractice lawsuits usually involve serious injury or death. It is uncommon for a suit to be filed for errors that don’t lead to lasting injury.
- The assumption that poorer patients file more malpractice claims is false. In fact, a hospital in New York found the poor to be 51 percent less likely to file claims.
- The Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 98,000 people die every year due to preventable mistakes. Hundreds of thousands are injured.
- Only one in eight patients or their families end up filing a malpractice claim.
- Some states are more prone to malpractice claims. More patients per capita in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania file claims.
- Only 7.6 percent of doctors with two convictions in medical malpractice cases and 13 percent of doctors with five receive any punishment.
- The U.S. spends just over $7 billion defending and compensating patients in malpractice cases. That’s only .3 percent of the $2.2 trillion spent on total healthcare.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Targan & Pender P.C. are dedicated to helping individuals injured due to the negligence of healthcare professionals.