In theory, the courts are a place where people who’ve suffered harm can seek compensation. But it’s harder than you might think.
Some patients suffer injuries that are not clearly negligent; others can’t prove economic losses high enough to make it worthwhile for an attorney to take their case, according to a recent Emory University study.
How does it play out? Create a test case by answering the questions, then see the result.
Some states have passed laws that limit the amount of money patients can receive in malpractice cases. Do you live in one of these states?
Looks like you’ve found an attorney to take your case. You’re the one out of fifty with the right kind of error, the right demographic (upper-class white male), the right degree of harm, and living in the right state.
Click to see the numbers behind patient harm
A patient advocacy group called CampaignZERO has a checklist with simple steps to help patients avoid common hospital-acquired infections.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has a guide to help patients protect themselves from medication errors.
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