Florida medical malpractice lawyer, Dr. Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, discusses some eye opening medical malpractice statistics.
As a Florida medical malpractice and personal injury lawyer, I'm contacted a daily basis by patients or families of patients that have died or been injured in Florida hospitals. Many of these people are questioning the quality of medical care that was provided. Consumer Reports has recently decided to investigate hospital care nationwide and rated a number of Florida hospitals in its August 2012 edition.
Some of the statistics are truly eye opening:
- A 2010 Health & Human Services Report noted that medical errors in hospitals contribute to 180,000 deaths per year. This HHS report only looked at patients who were Medicare recipients, which means the number is much higher.
- The same reported noted that 1.4 million people are seriously hurt in hospitals every year.
- A patient advocate, Rosemary Gibson, stated that 2.25 million people will die this decade because of medical harm.
- Peter Pronovost, from Johns Hopkins University, suggested that death from medical errors is one of the top three leading causes of death in the United States.
This Florida Medical Practice Lawyer's Analysis
There has been a lot of rhetoric in the news about medical malpractice claims being out of control. However, patients continue to lose their lives because of medical errors in our hospitals. The fact is that the chances of a medical malpractice case arising from a Florida hospital death case in Florida is small when looked at in compared the whole. Why, because the Florida wrongful death statute will protect the hospital from a lawsuit if the person who died does not have a surviving spouse or statutory survivors under the age of 25.
Additionally, new Florida medical malpractice laws requiring out of state doctors who give opinions in Florida medical malpractice cases to register with the Florida Department of Health and allowing Florida hospital defense attorneys to speak with the patient's treating doctors have made it much more difficult for folks looking to bring a medical malpractice claim.
Florida medical malpractice law is complex, if you have any questions about a family member who may have died in a Florida hospital, call Guy S. DiMartino at (352) 267-9168 or click here for an internet consultation.