Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States. Learn all of the facts and statistics surrounding the medical and legal aspects of medical malpractice and military medical malpractice so you can be prepared with all of the information!

  • Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States (Washington Post, 2016)
  • The term “Never Event” was first introduced in 2001 by Ken Kizer, MD, former CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), in reference to particularly shocking medical errors—such as wrong-site surgery—that should never occur. (Patient Safety Network, 2019)
  • 195,000 patients die in hospitals each year because of preventable mistakes. (Dr. George Stanislaw, 2019)
  • The most common sources of medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017 were diagnostic errors. (CSU Fresno, 2019)
  • Although some medical malpractice cases involve minor injuries, 80% of cases are related to severe patient injuries or deaths. (Harvard Health, 2019)
  • Malpractice can result in patients being administered medications that they are allergic to or that are contraindicated for their condition (or when other medications are also administered) (Journal of the American Medical Association, 2020)
  • Medical malpractice is more than a surgeon making a mistake during a surgery. It can include a failure to diagnose your condition, a misdiagnosis, an incorrect prescription, a lack of informed consent, and more. (John Hopkins University, 2016)
  • The mean age of a person who files medical malpractice claims is 42 years old. (University of California at San Diego, 2019)
  • New York leads the nation in medical malpractice payouts. In 2014 alone, New York medical negligence payouts totaled around $690 million (Washington Post, 2016)

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