Empire State residents are at high risk of death and catastrophic injury due to medical errors
Medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, killing hundreds of thousands of patients annually.
But malpractice does not affect every part of the country equally. A recent study, which analyzed data over a 10-year period from 2004 to 2014, found that New York had the nation's highest rate of malpractice suits per capita.
According to the study, New York had 116 malpractice suits per 100,000 residents, easily outdistancing second-place New Jersey (95 per 100,000). This data included cases arising from both major and minor injuries. New York also had one of the highest rates of suits resulting from deaths and major, permanent injuries, ranking fourth at 55 per 100,000. Only Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Louisiana had more of these major cases.
These findings highlight the very real dangers for patients in New York and throughout the country when healthcare professionals do not provide safe, effective care. According to the study results, more than three quarters of malpractice lawsuits were filed against physicians and nurse practitioners - that is, those making important care decisions on behalf of patients.
Surgical and treatment errors leading causes of New York malpractice cases
Medical malpractice includes a broad range of errors made by healthcare professionals. The study results showed that New York had the nation's highest rate of cases arising from surgical errors, which are among the most serious medical errors. Mistakes made during surgery can cause internal injuries and other serious, permanent damage. Often, additional surgeries are required to correct the mistakes - leading to significant pain and other expenses for the injured patient.
New York also had the country's highest rate of treatment-related malpractice suits during the time covered by the study. Treatment-related errors can lead to serious side effects, often causing permanent damage or death. In addition to any damage caused by the incorrectly administered treatment, victims of treatment errors are often left with an untreated medical condition - which can grow worse over time, leading to more expensive treatments or even death.
These findings highlight the need for patients injured by negligent medical professionals to seek experienced legal counsel. Injured patients and their families can rely on Jonathan C. Reiter, a highly experienced New York medical malpractice attorney who has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.
Jonathan Reiter and his team know healthcare providers need to be held accountable for their negligent actions, especially when those actions lead to death or permanent damage. Taking legal action is an effective way to reduce the number of surgical errors that continue to put patients at risk.