Medical errors including Medical Malpractice have been cited by researchers as the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. The study was performed by researchers in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The researchers estimated that 250,000 fatalaties in 2013 were caused by medical mistakes. ABC World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News both reported on this study. Researchers were quoted by reporters stating that such mistakes "shouldn't happen in a sound health care system" and that "patients can only do so much" to defend themselves.
New York Law School's Center for Justice & Democracy (CJ&D) recently released an updated briefing book entitled Medical Malpractice: By The Numbers. According to CJ&D research, medical malpractice insurance premiums have consistently declined since 2006 irrespective of whether "tort reforms" have been enacted. The briefing book also highlights other important statistics:
In Re: The Medical Review Panel of Sandra Turner Vankregten, 48,622 (La. App. 2 Cir. 2/5/14), 134 So. 3d. 641.