Wrong body parts getting operated on; getting the wrong medication; getting seriously disbaled -- according to a hospital safety report released by Mass. regulators the year 2010 was just as bad as 2009, reports the Boston Globe. According to the Globe:
In all, 510 patients suffered from a so-called serious reportable event in 2009 compared with 512 in 2010, according to the numbers released by the state Department of Public Health.
The data is for Mass. hospital mistakes is state-wide and not released for individual hospitals.
Generally speaking, hospital safety reports appear to play it conservative i.e., understate their errors, as previously reported by the Boston Globe. In fact, using the word under-stated might be under-stating the conservatism. In one study, where a federal agency found 35 problem cases at a hospital, the hospital voluntary reports found only 4.
Obviously patient safety is not going to improve if a hospital's voluntary reporting is wrong, or fudged. This is significant because medical errors cause as many as 98,000 deaths and more than a million injuries a year.
And that precisely why the entire medical malpractice bar exists. Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients' rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as a result of negligence.
However, malpractice suits are often complex and costly to win. Therefore, if you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to consult with an attorney who will discuss your case with you, and help you determine your best options. It is important to make the consultation in a timely manner so that the attorney can make preparations and get what is known as a "certificate of merit" which is a secondary consultation with another medical expert.
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