One in Seven Medical Errors are Reported
According to the U.S. Institute of Medicine, about 98,000 patients each year die as a result of hospital medical errors, but only about 13 percent of medical negligence victims will file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The New York Times reported that only one in seven medical errors or accidents that result in the injury of Medicare patients is being reported by caretakers. Additionally, according to the same report, even after an injury has occurred, it is rare that the facility takes the necessary steps to ensure the same accident does not happen again.
The unreported accidents were found by independent doctors that reviewed patients’ medical records. Some of the most common unreported injuries include:
- Severe bedsores
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Delirium from excessive painkillers
- Excessive bleeding from improperly-used blood thinners
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that was caused by a medical error, it is important to have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer by your side. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have the ability to successfully prepare and present the facts of your case to ensure that you recover any losses incurred as a result of your injury. You could be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and mental anguish. Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation.