Growing Number of Patients Dying Due to Hospital and Caregiver Errors

by Staff Blogger | October 10th, 2013

October 10, 2013

Doctors and hospital staff are required by law to follow certain standards that protect the health and safety of patients. Failure to follow these professional standards may result in claims against the parties responsible for a patient’s injury or death.

The Roanoke Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain that despite the ramifications of such mistakes, the number of hospital errors that occur each year continues to climb. In fact, recent data shows medical errors as the third most common cause of death in the United States.

According to an article from NPR News, the Institute of Medicine estimated that in 1999, a total of 98,000 people died as the result of mistakes made by hospitals. The numbers were quite controversial at the time, but were eventually accepted as an industry standard. By 2010, patients listed as losing their lives to hospital errors had swelled to more than 180,000.

Now, a recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety estimated that as many as 210,000 patients are killed annually by medical mistakes.

Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how difficult the loss of a loved one to another person’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm encourages anyone who has lost a loved one because of a doctor or caregiver’s error to discuss their legal rights with an attorney immediately.