Medical Malpractice Statistics
The statistics regarding medical malpractice are quite alarming. New studies are released on various occasions to break down the severity of medical malpractice claims, what types of allegations are involved, how many people are affected, and more.
For instance, according to an article on malpractice (The Moral Climate of Health Care, Sara Cerrone, Queensborough Community College, CUNY), the belief among researchers is that roughly one out of every five patients in a United States hospital will receive an incorrect dosage of medication.
Becker’s Hospital Review also provides various malpractice statistics, including those regarding the severity of the injuries resulting from medical malpractice. In this 2013 post, Becker’s reported that the most severe injuries associated with malpractice were death with 31% of the allegations followed by significant and major permanent injury at 19% and 18%, respectively. Quadriplegic, brain damage, and lifelong care was fourth most common type of injury sustained as a result of malpractice at 12%.
This post also reported the most common types of medical malpractice alleged to have occurred. The results of the study were as follows:
- 33% Diagnosis Errors
- 24% Surgery Errors
- 18% Treatment Errors
- 11% Birth Errors
- 4% Medication Errors
- 3% Monitoring Errors
- 3% Anesthesia Errors
- 4% Other
The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. are experienced in matters of medical negligence and error. We know how often they occur, why they occur, and how to determine who to hold responsible if an individual sustains an injury.
We have a history of securing favorable outcomes for victims of medical malpractice. If you or someone you love was harmed as a result of negligent or reckless behavior on behalf of a medical professional, call our firm and learn how we may be able to help you take the necessary action to seek compensation.