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You hear a lot about medical malpractice from the health care and insurance industries, especially around election time or the beginning of legislative sessions. Their harping usually centers on accusations that lawsuit abuse is the reason for the high cost of medical care, implying there is no “malpractice” problem, just a “lawsuit” problem. You probably haven’t heard that poor quality medical care is an epidemic in America. Here are a few things you may not have heard about that:
- Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. First is heart disease and second is cancer.
- Surgical “never events” which are supposed to NEVER happen, actually happen about 2,000 times a year in the U.S.
- Less than 2% of all these medical mistakes result in a patient making a medical malpractice claim.
The fact is that hundreds of thousands of Americans are seriously injured or killed by preventable medical errors in the United States each and every year. The health care providers, hospitals and insurance companies responsible won’t do anything to change that unless they are held accountable. That is just human nature. Medical malpractice lawsuits don’t cause the high cost of health care. They promote safety in health care by holding those responsible for this epidemic accountable.
If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact us for a free consultation.