The Patient's Advocate

       The Law Office of Robert F. Danzi has been fighting for the rights of patients through Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Litigation for the last 30 years.


       Medical negligence is epidemic. Tens of thousands of patients die or are grievously harmed each year through preventable medical errors. Below are just a few of those statistics.

SPOTLIGHT

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STATISTICS :

40,000

Estimated number of medical errors that occur each day in the United States.
Source: HealthGrades Sixth Annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study/April 2009

200,000

Estimated number of patients who will die this year from medical mistakes and hospital infection. [CBS News Report]
Source: Hearst Corporation National Investigation 2009

2.3

Billions of dollars of excess costs paid each year for injuries due to medical errors.
Source: HealthGrades Sixth Annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study/April 2009

3

Medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States
Source: Extrapolated from Hearst Corporation National Investigation 2009; National Vital Statistics Reports, Deaths: Final Data for 2006, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

6.6

Percent of doctors who are responsible for 49.9% of all malpractice payments.
Source: NYPIRG, Contraindication: Federal Government Data Demonstrates that New York’s Medical Malpractice Insurance Hikes Are Contrary to Payment Trends, June 2009

96%

Percent of patients injured by medical malpractice who do not file lawsuits.
Source: Catherine Arnst, The Truth About Malpractice Lawsuits, Business Week, September 16, 2009

3

Out of 231 hospitals in New York were distinguished for patient safety in 2008.
Source: HealthGrades Sixth Annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study/April 2009; New York State Department of Health

9

Number of the ten highest paying jobs in America that are Medical Doctors.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2008

3%

On average the amount of a doctor’s gross income that goes to pay for medical malpractice insurance.
Source: USA Today, 3/5/2003

11

Out of 11 NYC Health and Hospital’s Corporation’s hospitals covered-up and/or underreported serious medical errors.
Source: Tina Moore, Benjamin Lesser and Greg B. Smith, Daily News Investigates Faked Records and Fatal Blunders at City-Run Hospitals, New York Daily News, July 28, 2009

33

Percent of doctors who made 10 or more malpractice payments who received disciplinary action by their state medical board
Source: Public Citizen, The Great Malpractice Hoax: NPDB Data Continue to Show Medical Liability System Produces Rational Outcomes, January 2007