Medication errors injure at least 1.5 million Americans annually, costing the United States more than $3.5 billion a year, according to a government report released in July 2006.
During the recent past (2003 to 2006), C. Difficile has been more frequent, more severe, more resistant to standard therapy, and those who do contract C. Difficile, are more like to get it again.
Reports from government and medical agencies reveal the shocking figure that more than 250 patients per day die as the result of medical malpractice. Thousands more are injured on a daily basis. However, not every bad outcome means that malpractice was committed. How does one determine the difference between a medical error caused by negligence and a bad result caused by an unfortunate risk or complication of a procedure?