Preventable medical errors kill up to 440,000 Americans every year. Many multiples of those killed by medical malpractice are seriously and permanently harmed by preventable medical error.
Patients and their loved ones are well advised to take measures to protect themselves from medical negligence. There are many types of medical errors with many tragic consequences. Fortunately, there are also many resources available online to help patients to protect themselves against them.
Here are few good resources along with some links to our other articles on these issues.
Overview of the Problem
The American Association of Justice has a very good summary of the facts on preventable medical error.
Preventable medical error has reached epidemic proportions. At the same time, there is an ongoing misinformation campaign suggesting not a crisis in medical care as suggested by the facts but instead a myth frivolous and unsubstantial medical malpractice lawsuits.
The American Association of Justice has done a very nice job of outlining the facts while also providing citations to medical and patient safety resources. Read the report from the American Association of Justice on the scope of preventable medical errors in the U.S., follow the citations and judge for yourself whether there is a problem and whether it might be advisable to take measures to protect yourself or your loved ones from medical negligence.