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Alarming Medical Malpractice Statistics


Experts estimate that close to 100,000 people die in hospitals every year, largely due to preventable errors. These include giving patients wrong medications or doses, mixing up patients for surgery, and failing to prevent the spread of infections.

If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included medical errors on its list of leading causes of death in America, medical errors would rank sixth, behind cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

The American Association for Justice compiled statistics on medical errors from a variety of sources including the following:

Despite the perception that medical malpractice lawsuits are rampant, the reality is that many victims never file lawsuits. Of those who do, few are rewarded with big settlements. But taking legal action is the best way to obtain justice and compensation, and motivate healthcare providers to exercise greater caution when treating patients.

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