Medical Errors Cause Over 1,000 Hospital Deaths Annually in Maryland

By Peter DePaolis

A study by Public Citizen’s Congress Watch (PCCW) revealed some interesting facts about medical malpractice in Maryland. Despite what you might have heard, there is no overall medical malpractice lawsuit problem in Maryland, according to the study. Doctors are not leaving the state because of lawsuits and high medical malpractice insurance rates.

Secondly, according to PCCW, the medical malpractice problem in Maryland is attributed to negligent acts by a small number of doctors, which the state medical board does not discipline after a serious medical error. Three percent of doctors in Maryland are responsible for half of the medical malpractice payouts. This three percent represents 576 doctors, and each has made two or more medical malpractice payouts.

The PCCW examined findings from the Institute of Medicine and found that there are about 836 to 1,862 hospital deaths in Maryland every year. Each one of those deaths occurs from preventable medical errors. Even worse is that the doctors with repeated medical malpractice claims against them rarely suffer consequences from the Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance.

One act of medical negligence can permanently alter someone’s life. Has a medical error injured you or a family member?

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.