In 1999, a report from the Institute of Medicine revealed that up to 98,000 people die every year due to mistakes made in the hospital by medical professionals and caregivers. The report, questionably titled “To Err is Human,” sent shockwaves through the medical community and was aggressively denied by high-ranking professionals in the field.
However, not only has that 98,000 figure been accepted by the community at large over the years, but new reports claim that number should be much higher. John T. James, a toxicologist at NASA’s space center in Houston, runs an advocacy group on the side called Patient Safety in America, where he wrote a new study on the number of deaths due to hospital mistakes. In the study, which was featured in the Journal of Patient Safety, he estimates that the number of patient deaths caused by hospital error should be anywhere from 210,000 to 440,000 per year.
While a concrete number of these deaths per year may never be officially known, it’s obvious that mistakes made in hospitals can result in life-threatening consequences — no matter how old or seemingly healthy a patient is when they enter.
What you can do about it
Hospital mistakes and medical malpractice take many forms, including preventable infections, surgical error, improper diagnoses and a range of other infractions. If you have a loved one who died due to a mistake made during their stay at a hospital, you may have legal grounds for a lawsuit against the hospital and any professional that had a part in causing the error. With the help of a veteran attorney, you can fight to recover the proper compensation and damages for the loss of your loved one.
The attorneys at Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. have more than 110 combined years of experience, both in and out of the courtroom, dealing with personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Indiana. Contact their Merrillville office today to receive the committed and comprehensive representation your medical malpractice case deserves.