New research has confirmed that 440,000 patients are killed every year in America by preventable medical errors. That is equivalent to almost the entire population of Atlanta, GA., dying each year. Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States and cost our country tens of billions of dollars a year.
Take Justice Back is devoting the month of May to raising public awareness of the patient safety epidemic plaguing our country. On www.takejusticeback.com and through social media, AAJ will be highlighting stories of patients who have been injured by preventable medical errors, sharing facts on patient safety, and keeping you up to speed with the latest news on this issue.
Despite this serious epidemic, corporate front groups are working hard in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures throughout the country to limit accountability and access to the civil justice system when patients are harmed or killed by medical errors.
In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Insurance issued its 2012 Medical Professional Liability Closed Claim Report. 2012 is the most recent year for which data is available. Continuing a downward trend, the data reveals that in 2012 the number of medical malpractice claims in Ohio hit a new low since the Department of Insurance started keeping track.