Medical Negligence in Hospitals - A Summary of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services Report
Author: Charlottesville Personal Injury Lawyer John G. "Jack" Berry
An estimated 13.5 percent of all Medicare patients in hospitals nationwide experienced "adverse events" during their hospital stays, according to statistics compiled by the Inspector General. While some adverse events do not involve hospital mistakes, among the most common preventable adverse events are surgical errors, instances of patient infection, and errors in the choices and dosages of medicines administered to patients. Estimates of the unnecessary treatment costs run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
While trial lawyers are sometimes blamed for focusing on statistics like those contained in the Inspector General's…