Error Rates in Medicine Continue High, but Lawsuits Are Down

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.

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