Block O'Toole & Murphy Block
O'Toole
& Murphy
Premier NY Personal Injury Lawyers

Prevent medical malpractice -- Be your own advocate, Part 1

If four fully-loaded jumbo jets crashed each week, the number of fatalities would be equal to deaths from preventable medical malpractice. If the aviation industry had this kind of track record, the flying public would be up in arms. Although hospitals and doctors talk about fixing the problem of preventable medical errors, going to the hospital is still a very risky business.

In addition to preventable deaths, hospitals are also places where untold injuries occur because of medical errors. The exact number of such injuries is hard to calculate, as hospitals may fail to report as many as 86 percent of injuries and harms done to patients. This means that it is almost impossible to take steps to prevent similar errors because no one knows that they even occurred.

However, a Health and Human Services Study showed that one in seven patients suffered either long-term injuries or died because of hospital care. Of these, at least 44 percent were avoidable. Given this discouraging situation, it's important for patients to protect themselves. It is clear from the record that hospital staff are unable to keep patents safe.

In our next blog post, we will discuss steps that patients can take to help themselves and their loved ones avoid the harms caused by preventable medical mistakes. Consumers of hospital services need to be as aggressive about medical errors as they would be if the aviation industry had a similarly poor record of injury and death.

Source: Atlanta Legal Examiner, "AARP Warns Patients How To Help Prevent Medical Errors and Medical Malpractice In Hospitals," Apr. 4, 2013.

Speak with a Qualified New York Injury Lawyer Today

Fill out our short online contact form for a FREE, immediate case review, or call us locally at 212-736-5300 today. The lawyers in our firm work on a contingency basis, so we do not collect any money unless we win your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Firm Awards and Honors

These are some of the publications and organizations that have recognized our firm and individual attorneys for excellence.

Learn More
Block O'Toole & Murphy - Listed in Best Lawyers - Linking Lawyers and Clients Worldwide Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms - U.S. News The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Irish Legal 100 Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability New York Magazine - Top Verdicts & Settlements New York Law Journal www.naacp.org - NAACP Frances Pope Memorial Foundation - Love. Support. Hope. St. John's University - School of Law St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Call Block O'Toole & Murphy Today For Help - 212-736-5300
CLOSE MENU  X

What can we help you find?