New Report - Medical Errors Are Killing Us
At first the report reads like a gigantic typo - a new medical study says medical errors are killing 251,000 of us every year. That would make medical errors the third leading cause of death in the nation claiming almost 700 lives a day...more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer's.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine paints a frightening picture of health care in the US. The study points to everything from bad doctors to communications breakdowns when a patient may be moved from one department to another.
Here in Wisconsin, the problem is compounded by a legal system that favors the medical community at the expense of a patient's legal rights. Under Wisconsin law, it is almost impossible for a victim to go to court if they think they've been hurt by a medical mistake. You can click on this link to a WCLO-AM radio interview with former WAJ President, Dan Rottier, on why the study matters for Wisconsin.
If you are one-of-the-ten cases that ever get to court, be prepared for an uphill battle. Plaintiffs win about 10% of the cases. And if you did win, Wisconsin consistently ranks at the bottom in settlements.