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Illinois may share in 440,000 possible medical malpractice deaths

Illinois residents may be surprised to hear that a new study suggests that as many as 440,000 patients every year ultimately die from preventable mistakes in American hospitals. Even the low end of the study's estimate -- 210,000 constitutes more than double the number of possible medical malpractice deaths reported in studies as recent as 2010. If true, that staggering figure would make medical blunders the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer as leading killers of Americans. The study's estimates were formulated by a NASA toxicologist who lost his 19-year-old son to what he claimed was hospital negligence.

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Q: What is medical malpractice?

A: Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital worker or hospital, whose treatment of a patient departs from a standard of care met by those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient...

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