It happens more often then it should. You go to your health care provider expecting to become healthy and be cured; however there is the possibility that something goes wrong and you never leave the hospital, at least not alive. It's a scary thought to think that someone who has been educated, trained, and paid to help you could be an indirect cause of a serious injury or death. For instance in recent years there has been an average of about 400,000 drug related injuries in a hospital that could have been prevented. It's easy to see why Medical Malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
The issue with medical malpractice is that it brings about countless lawsuits each year, most of which are usually settled for large sums of money. Of course no amount of money can be put on the price of a dead relative, however victims and families of deceased victims should be compensated for their grievances and losses. This tends to be a catch-22 situation as the more often malpractice victims file lawsuits, the more money that hospitals need to put out to pay the settlements, this drives the cost of medical malpractice insurance up quite a bit, to the point where some health care providers need to raise the rates of their health care costs. These results in large bills for patients, who may "shop" around for a better "deal" with another health care provider; This could lead to "bargain" health care providers turning up, which could lead to more malpractice injuries and deaths.
Fortunately Salt Lake City and the state of Utah are doing their part to prevent this. They are enacted a bill that will encourage private insurance companies to continue providing health-related malpractice insurance while also assuring the availability of insurance in the event that other private companies make it unavailable. This act also provides a reasonable time in which actions may be brought against health care providers and also limiting that time to a specific period for which liability insurance premiums can be accurately calculated. This will allow for expedited early evaluation and settlement of claims, which will lower any potential medical malpractice lawyer and cases costs, while also lowering settlement sums.
One should remember that this does not mean that there will be an abrupt end to Salt Lake City medical malpractice lawsuits, or medical malpractice attorneys in Salt Lake City and Utah are going to go out of business, but neither will hospitals. This act will simply allow for better insurance premiums for hospitals, the savings which have the potential to be passed to the health care consumer.
Hopefully Utah will be setting a standard in which many other states follow to help bring an end to costly laws for medical malpractice, while also bringing the high numbers of medical malpractice injuries down. We need to remember that as consumers will not have to go through the emotional journey of a malpractice lawsuit, if medical malpractice injuries and deaths can be preverted, and more money saved from lawsuits that can be put to better training and educating healthcare providers which can help in taking medical malpractice deaths off the list of leading causes of deaths in the United States.