Medical errors now the third leading cause of death in the US

It’s no surprise that thousands of people die from medical errors every year. But a new study from the Journal of Patient Safety reveals that as many as 440,000 patients die each year in the US from preventable medical errors. That means that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the US, exceeded only by cancer and heart disease. The article in Forbes magazine about the study’s findings calls on hospitals to put a higher priority on patient safety, and for patients and citizens to demand action.

Read the Forbes article.

Read the original study in Journal of Patient Safety.

Contributed by Maria Damiano, Paul Harte Professional Corporation. Ms. Damiano is an OTLA member and Chair of OTLA’s Medical Malpractice Section (2013-2014).

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Maria Damiano is an associate at the firm Paul Harte Professional Corporation. Since 2003, Maria’s practice has been restricted exclusively to the area of medical malpractice assisting victims of serious medical harm across Ontario and Canada. Maria was called to the Bar in 2002 and is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. As part of her legal training, Maria studied at the University of Bologna Law School in Italy, the oldest law school in the Western world.

Maria is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and since 2012 has been the section chair of the Ontario Trial Lawyer Association’s Medical Malpractice Section.