Facts About Medical Malpractice Every Patient Should Know

04/23/2014 // Jonathan C. Reiter (Press Release) // Jonathan C Reiter // (press release)
Rarely do patients anticipate being injured by a treating doctor or nurse when seeking medical help. However, statistics show that a surprising number of people are injured as a result of the negligence or misconduct of medical care providers every year. Due to medical errors, hospitals and medical practices are forced to pay millions of dollars annually to compensate victims who have suffered an unwarranted injury at the hands of those in charge of their medical care. New York leads all states in the U.S. when it comes to medical malpractice payouts.

29 Statistics on Medical Malpractice Payouts and Lawsuits

“Top five states for medical malpractice payouts

New York: $763,088,250
Pennsylvania: $316,167,500
California: $222,926,200
New Jersey: $206,668,250
Florida: $203,671,100”

For more statistics on medical malpractice payouts and lawsuits, please visit http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/legal-regulatory-issues/29-statistics-on-medical-malpractice-payouts-and-lawsuits.html.

According to the Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter, diagnostic errors form the basis of a majority of these types of personal injury claims.

Study: Diagnostic Errors Represent Most Common, Costly Malpractice Claims

“Diagnostic errors are both the most common and the most costly when it comes to malpractice claims, according to a study in BMJ Quality & Safety.”

For more information about diagnostic errors and medical malpractice claims, please visit http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/legal-regulatory-issues/study-diagnostic-errors-represent-most-common-costly-malpractice-claims.html.

Having the right information can be a powerful force for patients when it comes to protecting themselves from medical errors, as well as protecting their legal rights if they become a victim of medical malpractice. The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter has outlined the following important facts about medical malpractice that may help patients who sustain a medical injury better assess their options.

In addition to diagnostic errors, the most common conditions that occur in hospital settings as a result of malpractice are: infections, bed sores, bad reactions to medication, and objects being left in patients after surgery.
Preventable medical errors are a leading cause of death and injury in the U.S. each year.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have implemented rules regarding reimbursing hospitals for hospital acquired injuries, or reasonably preventable events forcing more accountability for hospitals in these cases.
A National Practitioner Data Bank exists for the reporting of adverse actions or medical malpractice payouts by medical practitioners.

Legal help is available for victims of medical malpractice for the recovery of related medical costs and other damages incurred. Individuals who have been injured by a medical mistake in New York can contact The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter today for a free case review.

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