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Hospital negligence and filing medical malpractice lawsuits

Some Maryland residents think that filing a medical malpractice claim is about getting a big payout. However, there is more to this legal action than receiving money. A malpractice claim also seeks to hold a negligent medical practitioner or hospital liable for the medical errors that were made. This action is crucial in helping keep medical mistakes at bay, especially when the figures show that hospital negligence is a growing concern.

According to the National Institute of Medicine, nearly 100,000 people lose their lives in hospitals annually, with nearly three times that amount injured. What makes the figures disturbing is that these deaths and injuries are considered preventable errors. An author, who is also a lawyer, attributes such mistakes to the inability of some hospitals to adopt changes to their systems. He shared the case of the "100,000 Lives Campaign," which occurred several years ago, where through the use of six interventions, the goal was to save 100,000 lives.

The reforms were successful, with 122,300 lives saved. However, when a new campaign was launched to save 5 million lives by instituting double the safety reforms, fewer hospitals agreed to participate. Hospitals are not alone in their desire to keep the status quo. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists declined to adopt changes implemented by a New York hospital, despite being tested for seven years to prove effectiveness. The changes, 21 in all, significantly reduced injury and death to patients.

Although money, in the form of compensation, is indeed a serious matter in a medical malpractice lawsuit, Greenbelt, Maryland, residents should realize that it is a way to remedy the mistakes made by hospitals and medical practitioners. A lawsuit is also a way to make sure that changes are made and other patients will not suffer the same fate.

Source: Forbes, "Malpractice Lawsuits Aren't Just About Money," Steven Cohen, June 18, 2014

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