Prevent Medical Errors: 20 Things You Need to Know
It is estimated that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors. That is more than the number of people who die from AIDS, breast cancer, or motor vehicle accidents. Find out what you can do to keep yourself safe.
Indiana Hospitals Report Their Errors
Each year the Indiana State Board of Health discloses the number of serious errors that occur in hospitals throughout the state. While the information in these reports is informative, the report should be read with caution. The larger hospitals have a system in place to accurately identify and report the errors. Many of the smaller hospitals do not identify these errors and do not report them.
Instructions on Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
The Indiana Department of Insurance provides instructions for consumers interested in filing a proposed complaint against qualified medical providers. Instructions, forms, and contact numbers are provided at Indiana.gov.