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Harvard study surveys Massachusetts residents on medical errors

According to a poll recently published by the Harvard School of Public Health, 23% of respondents had been personally involved in a situation wherein they or a loved one or close relative suffered from a preventable medical error, according to an article published on Lexology.

The most common form of medical error was the misdiagnosis of a condition, and half of the cases in which those surveyed responded affirmatively involved serious injury as a result. 54% of those who experienced medical negligence reported the incident, primarily to prevent a similar error from occurring in the future.

Aside from who actually experienced malpractice, the vast majority of respondents valued transparency. 90% of those polled said healthcare professionals and facilities should be required to report medical errors and inform patients if any mistakes were made, while 94% of the respondents said the number and type of errors made should become public knowledge.

The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, represent those who have been injured due to the medical mistakes of a negligent practitioner or facility. Call our offices at (617) 426-4488 today to learn more about holding these responsible parties fully accountable for any damages.


Study sheds light on public’s perception of medical malpractice

A new report released by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health provided a look into how the citizens of Massachusetts perceive medical malpractice in their state.

Some key issues discussed in the fall 2014 study included:

  • What were residents’ recent experience with medical malpractice?
  • Did they report these safety concerns if there were any?
  • Did they feel like they were adequately informed about past medical malpractice cases brought against hospitals or medical professionals?

State data shows that approximately 25% of adults in Massachusetts have fallen victim to medical errors in the past five years; half of these cases resulted in serious consequences. Additionally, only about half of those who experienced medical errors reported it. It is also important to note that respondents overwhelmingly reported that they feel like more transparency is needed regarding wrongdoing or negligence in the medical field.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP are committed to serving the legal needs of injured victims in Massachusetts due to the medical errors of their respective health care providers or physicians. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to discuss your case with us.