Medical Errors Cost Hospitals Billions Each Year
Medical errors still continue to plague hospitals, with total costs running into the billions of dollars each year. An independent study by the health care ratings company HealthGrades puts the number of medical errors at over 950,000 per year, with close to 100,000 deaths. Healthgrades estimates the cost of these medical errors was almost $9 billion from 2006-2008. Other health care study groups put these numbers even higher. For example, the Society of Actuaries estimates that the number of medical errors in hospitals exceeded 1,500,000 in 2008, with associated costs of $19.5 billion.
We believe decreased staffing levels, particularly of nursing and support personnel, are one of the major reasons for these medical errors. If you believe you have been injured because of a medical error or medical malpractice at a hospital, please give us a call for a free consultation.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)