Though hospitals are generally thought of as medical establishments that are safe, and promote health and healing, they are not immune from being the cause of accidents and injury. Since patients are usually in a vulnerable state while admitted, courts will generally consider accidents as foreseeable events in personal injury lawsuits. The following are a few hospital accident statistics that have been compiled in recent years:
- In 2016, Johns Hopkins released a study that estimates 250,000 people die annually from medical errors; whereas the Journal of Patient Safety estimates the death toll at 440,000.
- Medical Errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
- Louisiana has the most medical malpractice lawsuits filed per 100,000 residents in the U.S., at 44.1.
- One in three patients admitted to a hospital suffer some kind of medical error.
- In 2016, an Illinois jury awarded $53 million in damages for future expenses of a boy who suffered brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy at birth.
- “Never events” such as wrong site, wrong patient, and wrong surgery events are occurring at a rate of 40 times per week in hospitals nationwide.
- In 2016, the largest settlement for medical malpractice in California history was awarded to a mother and her 3 year old child. The child suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy from a feeding-tube error, after being born prematurely. They were awarded $20 million in damages.
- The rate of payouts on medical malpractice claims dropped 56% between 1992 and 2014, but the average payout per claim rose 23% rounding out around $353,000 from roughly $287,000 per claim in the mid-1990’s.
- Medical complications from hospital accidents cost Medicare roughly $4.4 billion annually.
Getting Legal Help for Your Hospital Accident
If you have been injured by a hospital accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An experienced lawyer will help build your case, represent your best interests in court, and fight for the compensation to which you are entitled.