Study Finds No Progress in Safety at Hospitals


We’re not making progress in preventing medical malpractice and hospital negligence, according to a disappointing article last week in the New York Times. The article presented details from a study conducted in ten North Carolina hospitals, from 2002 to 2007. The bottom line is that harm to patients was common, and the number of incidents did not decrease over time. This is in spite of hospitals’ stated intentions during that time to decrease errors resulting in deaths and injuries to patients.

This information is especially important as applied to Texas, because Governor Rick Perry and the Republican Legislature essentially provided immunity to doctors and hospitals with the passage of a law in 2003 that limited non-economic damages to a figure so low that qualified attorneys now will very rarely accept a potential client’s case for malpractice. The costs of litigation are simply too high to risk for such a small recovery. Unless you are a high wage-earner who has lost years of income due to medical negligence, you will have a hard time finding a lawyer willing to help you in Texas. Children and retired people are pretty much out of luck if they are injured by medical malpractice.

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