Texas residents may be interested in learning about the statistics regarding medical errors and the progress that is being made. According to the U.S. government, medical errors that could be prevented potentially take the lives of more than 200,000 Americans every year.

A report that was released from the Institute of Medicine about 20 years ago made the claim that medical errors are more dangerous than auto accidents, AIDS and breast cancer. This sparked public furor, prompted new laws and caused responsible organizations to take steps to reduce medical errors.

There are a small number of medical institutions that have committed themselves to cause zero harm. Other institutions are working to make progress. However, it can be difficult to understand how much progress has been made. What constitutes a medical error has become more expansive and precise because detection methods have improved. Harm caused by treatment is usually put in one of two categories. It could be a situation in which a medical professional had good intentions, but then something went wrong, like a medication overdose or a preventable infection. There is also the error of intent, like making the wrong diagnosis.

In the vast majority of cases, medical professionals do not go to work with the intention of harming a patient. However, surveys show that large numbers of hospital staff and management are interested in patient safety because an adverse event occurred. Part of the goal is changing a culture that sees accidents as inevitable to a one that sees them as preventable.

Few things can be as painful as dealing with a preventable medical error or watching a family member die as a result of one. Individuals who have dealt with these situations may be interested in speaking with a personal injury attorney. A lawyer may examine the case and offer advice on how a person could go about getting compensation for injuries caused by medical professionals.