Looking back on 2012, I was pleased to see increasing attention in the public media to the problem of medical mistakes. In particular, a study by the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Hospital on “never events” was widely reported. “Never events” are the kind of medical mistakes which should never happen, such as:
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Operating on the wrong part of the body
- Leaving a sponge or other object inside a patient
You may remember that about ten years ago the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine, the country’s leading scientific organization (founded by Abraham Lincoln), released a study which concluded that between 44,000 people and 98,000 people die in hospitals every year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented. The School of Public Health of Harvard University has also studied this issue and concluded that most medical malpractice lawsuits are not “frivolous” but are brought by people who have been very seriously injured, or by the relatives of people who have been killed.
If you have been seriously injured or if a loved one of yours has died as a result of a mistake that was made by someone in the medical community contact Paul Weber. Your case will receive the serious attention it deserves.
Paul R. Weber
One Oxford Valley, Suite 155
Langhorne, PA 19047