Hospital Errors FAQs

Have you suffered harm during a hospital stay? Below are hospital errors FAQs that our lawyers at Joel L. Katz, L.L.C., often hear.

How common are hospital errors?

A 1999 study revealed that medical errors cause harm to approximately 3 percent of all people who are admitted to hospitals in the U.S.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400,000 Americans die each year as a result of mistakes made in hospitals. In addition, more than 700,000 people contract infections each year in hospitals, and more than 75,000 die from hospital-based infections.

What are some examples of hospital errors?

Common hospital errors include:

  • Medication errors. Studies have found that medication errors cause the deaths of more than 7,000 people each year
  • Diagnostic errors (giving an incorrect diagnosis)
  • Surgical errors
  • Wrong-patient errors (when one patient is mistaken for another patient). Wrong-patient mistakes can be extremely serious and can cause severe injuries or even death
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Infections acquired while in a hospital

This is just a fraction of the types of errors that can be made.

What about falls?

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that more than a million Americans suffer falls each year during hospital stays. More than one-third of those falls are preventable, the AHRQ says.

Are You The Victim Of A Hospital Error?

If you or a loved one has been harmed during a hospital visit, it's important to speak with an attorney who has experience with these types of cases. Contact Joel L. Katz, L.L.C., in Annapolis, Maryland, at 800-966-5333, or send us a message through our website.