The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C. have long known that errors at hospitals often go unreported. A recent study published in the April edition of the journal Health Affairs confirms just how serious the problem is.
According to the study, roughly one out of three patients admitted to a hospital in the United States experiences an "adverse event" during the course of the hospital stay. The study goes on to find that about 90% of all hospital mistakes go unreported.
Following the release of the study, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a $1 billion program designed to lower the rate of hospital errors. The Department hopes that the program will save up to 60,000 lives over the next three years, and more than $35 billion in health care costs associated with the high error rate.
Hospital mistakes happen far too frequently in this country. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a hospital's error, contact the experienced Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C.