Reckless Medicine: When Medical Mistakes Become Headline News

04/04/2014 // Jonathan C. Reiter // Jonathan C. Reiter // (press release)
In 2003, Duke University Hospital transplanted the wrong organs into a teenager who subsequently died as a result of the mistake. In 2004, a New York fertility clinic used the wrong sperm to inseminate a patient during an in vitro fertilization procedure. In 2007, doctors at a hospital in Rhode Island performed an operation on the wrong side of the head of a patient three times that year. What does each of these have in common? They are all national headline making medical errors that help illustrate the types of complications thousands of patients suffer in the U.S. each year due to the negligence of medical care providers.

Patients entrust their care to doctors believing that their professional experience and training leaves them with no cause to worry. However, thousands of people fall victim to medical errors each year.

10 shocking medical mistakes

“Medical errors kill more than a quarter million people every year in the United States and injure millions. Add them all up and “you have probably the third leading cause of death” in the country, says Dr. Peter Pronovost, an anesthesiologist and critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.”

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Media reports about instances of medical malpractice are alarming for the general public and shine a negative light on the medical community. However, many assert that making such errors publicly known can be an effective means of reducing the high rates at which they occur.

To Reduce Medical Errors, Make Them Public

“With public accounting, hospitals would be answerable for patterns of recurring error… Hospitals would have a new incentive to improve by, for example, mandating checklists, instituting safety training and making sure the workplace culture supports members of surgical teams who speak up when they see something amiss.”

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The attorneys of The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter agree that medical errors should not be swept under the rug. Breaking the silence through the use of synchronized public reporting systems as well as injured patients’ pursuit of medical malpractice claims help hold negligent medical care providers accountable for their actions.

Individuals in New York who have been injured as a result of a mistake made by a doctor or other medical care provider can contact The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter about their legal options today. The New York medical malpractice attorneys Jonathan C. Reiter provide free case reviews for patients who have questions about their rights pertaining to a specific case.

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