Medical Mistakes: The Prevalence of Malpractice in the U.S. (Pt. 1)

July 29, 2014

Unfortunately and tragically, medical mistakes happen far more often than you may realize. In doctors’ offices, clinics and even hospitals, malpractice is an all-too-common occurrence that, in the most serious cases, leaves people with permanent, debilitating injuries or even life-threatening impairments.

In this two-part blog, we will continue scrutinizing malpractice in the U.S. (as we recently did in our Surgery Errors blog series), highlighting some important statistics regarding how often medical negligence takes place in American medical facilities.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been hurt by any medical mistake or negligence, the Portland malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm are here for you and ready to discuss your possible case and rights.

How Often Do Medical Mistakes Occur in the U.S.? The Answers Are Shocking…

About 33 percent of all hospital patients are the subjects of medical mistakes, and about 440,000 people die each year due to medical negligence, researchers have found.

About 33 percent of all hospital patients are the subjects of medical mistakes, and about 440,000 people die each year due to medical negligence, researchers have found.

The following statistics regarding medical negligence and malpractice in the U.S. have been compiled by a number of credible sources, some of which include the Institute of Medicine, the Journal of Patient Safety, the New England Journal of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University:

  • About 33 percent of all hospital patients will be the target of some medical mistake.
  • Each year in the U.S., an estimated 440,000 people die as a result of preventable medical mistakes.
  • Surgery errors, including leaving objects in patients and wrong site surgeries, reportedly occur nearly 60 times every week in American hospitals.
  • Medical negligence costs tens of billions of dollars every year.

For more important information regarding the prevalence of medical mistakes in the U.S., be sure to look for the upcoming second part of this blog.

Portland Malpractice Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm: We Are Here For You

Have you or a loved one been hurt by any type of medical negligence? If so, the Portland malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm are here for you. For more than three decades, we have been committed to providing each of our clients with personal attention, respect and the highest quality legal services.

We realize how devastating the effects of medical mistakes can be, and our lawyers are here to aggressively defend injured people’s rights to both justice and compensation. While this means that our Portland malpractice lawyers will work diligently to help our clients tell their stories in court, it also means that our attorneys and dedicated staff will vigorously stand up to insurers and others outside of the courtroom to ensure that our clients are able to obtain the settlements they deserve.

Contact Our Portland Malpractice Lawyers Today

Helping you recover from the financial setbacks caused by medical mistakes is one of our primary goals. Our Portland personal injury attorneys encourage you to learn more about your rights and case by setting up a free initial consult.

To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.

We represent clients in communities in both Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.

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