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Why Will 2.5 Million Patients Will Die in Hospitals This Decade

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Jan 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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