What Is Medical Malpractice?
By definition, cases of medical malpractice are the result of negligence, carelessness or human error on the part of the physician or the medical staff, and sadly the majority of these instances are preventable.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that 225,000 patients die each year as a result of medical malpractice, and according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 90 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits are brought by patients who have suffered a permanent injury, or because a loved one has died.
…225,000 patients die each year as a result of medical malpractice…
However, research shows that only 2% of those that have suffered from incidences of medical malpractice have reported the case and filed claims for damages.
Malpractice in the medical industry is a much larger problem than many medical professionals admit, and such high numbers of fatalities or injury without compensation from the responsible parties is an unfortunate and unjust reality.
Other factors that may contribute to malpractice may be untrained or incompetent staff; miscommunications between medical staff; administrative errors or incorrect test results; misread prescriptions or pharmacy errors.