Medical Malpractice Awareness Month
July is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month, aimed at bringing awareness to healthcare negligence in the U.S.
The month-long observance was initiated by the National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association (NMMAA), the first medical malpractice advocacy organization to receive national recognition in the U.S.
According to the NMMAA, the goal of the awareness month is to “promote transparency so that Americans, and people all over the world, understand their rights regarding healthcare measures.”
Medical malpractice is defined as, “a legal cause of action that occurs when a medical or health care professional deviates from standards in his or her profession, thereby causing injury to a patient.”
Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America and kill more than 250,000 people every year.
Data from the BMJ U.S. patient-care study, released in 2016, demonstrated that out of 35,416,020 hospitalizations, there were 251,454 deaths as a result of medical error- that’s about 9.5% of all deaths for the year.
How to Prevent Medical Malpractice
Although medical malpractice can occur in a variety of situations, there are a few things you can do to decrease your chances of becoming a victim: