Medicare Beneficiaries Are At Risk for Harm Due to Substandard Care

By: Attorney Thomas R. Smith

Did you know that a report of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services conducted in October 2008 found that 1 in 7 Medicare patients experienced a serious adverse effect during their stay at a medical facility? The study projected that 15,000 Medicare patients died in a single month and 180,000 died in a year.

According to the report, 44% of these events were preventable and occurred most commonly become of medical error, substandard care, and inadequate patient monitoring.

Consequences to the patients varied widely in severity from extended hospital stays to permanent harm to death and included problems like infections, medications administered in error, and never events (adverse events that, in theory, should never occur) such as surgery performed on the wrong patient.

This is an especially alarming statistic for nursing home residents and their loved ones as most recipients of nursing home care are Medicare beneficiaries. If you, or your family member, have experienced negligence during a nursing home or hospital stay call us and speak with an attorney experienced in litigating nursing home negligence cases. Our nursing home abuse attorneys will consult with you free and even if a case is taken it is done so on a contingency fee basis. For more information, call attorney Thomas Smith at (609) 520-0900.


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