It is frightening to examine the number of injuries and death from medical malpractice. The Institute of Medicine, a highly respected source of medical science information, determined that preventable medical malpractice and negligence is the number eight highest cause of death in the U.S.. According to the study, medical malpractice is a factor in over 98,000 deaths each year in the United States. To back that up, a study published in the highly prestigious New England Journal of Medicine concluded that 13 out of every 100 patients were victims of medical neglect. Think about that, what if 13 of every 100 planes crashed? In reality only a small fraction of the victims of medical neglect ever file a lawsuit. Instead of limiting the rights of patients to sue when they are hurt by medical neglect, we should work on stopping the malpractice in the first place. States need to put real teeth in the regulation of the few bad apple physicians that cause most of the malpractice.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.