The Center for Justice & Democracy has a new fact sheet on recently published studies on medical malpractice, hospital errors and preventable injuries.
The depressing findings:
* Preventable injuries continue at very high rates. This is according to recent studies from Medicare and from a big study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Much of this data has previously been reported on this blog.
* Reporting of errors is seldom done.
* Malpractice lawsuit rates are dropping and comprise only a small fraction of the civil lawsuit caseload in most jurisdictions — typically under 5 percent of cases.
Read more at the Center’s website and download the full fact sheet here.