The numbers are shocking; nearly 100,000 hospitalized patients die each year as a result of medical malpractice (or “medical negligence”). And even more amazing…that figure represents only cases that are reported. Research has indicated that the number of medical negligence cases officially reported represents only about 25 per cent of the amount actually occurring, meaning that
The number of malpractice deaths and injuries is probably about four times higher than reported. Why the disparity? Patients and their families may not have all the necessary information on how to proceed through the legal system or may be intimidated by the mega structure that is the U.S. health industry.
Though we would prefer to think otherwise, doctors are human. They make mistakes, and when they do, frightful injuries or death may be the result. Medical negligence is awful enough, but the lives of the victim and their families may be irrevocably destroyed. But New Yorkers have rights. Our state laws protect residents. Learn the facts.