July 2016 Newsletter

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Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.
Hospital - surgery team in the operating room or Op of a clinic operating on a patient, perhaps it s an emergency
According to a new study, medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, preceded only by heart disease and cancer. The study, which came out in the Washington Post last month, announces that medical errors kill a staggering 251,000 people every year. That means every day, 700 lives are lost due to medical errors, accounting for 9.5 percent of all deaths every year.

Medical errors declared an “epidemic”

To be clear, the term “medical errors” refers to everything from bad doctors to communication breakdowns when patients are transferred from one department to another. Martin Makary, professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University who led the new research, stated, “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care.”

It wasn’t until fairly recently that patient safety became a hot topic. In 1999, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report came out that called preventable medical errors an “epidemic.” This shocked the medical establishment and sparked a debate about what should be done. Interestingly, little change has taken place since the report came out. According to the article, the only real change that has occurred is that hospital-acquired infections have decreased.

Reporting of medical errors not required

While it seems obvious that hospitals would be required to report on medical errors to the public, this is not the case. While providers claim patient safety is their number one priority, few provide the public with information on actual cases where a medical error took place. On the same note, Center for Disease Control (CDC) doesn’t require reporting of errors in the data it collects about deaths through billing zip codes, so it’s tough to know what is really happening on a national level.

 
What does it mean when doctors “go bare?” Hint: It has to do with medical malpractice coverage. 

 

 

What you need to know about personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and property damage (PD) insurance. 


 

Mitch Panter Honored with AV Preeminent Rate for 20th Consecutive Year

 
Congratulations to our own Mitch Panter for 20 years of excellence! He has maintained the AV Preeminent rating, which is the highest peer review rating, since 1996!

 

 

 

New Miami Killian Senior High Scholarship Presented by Panter, Panter, & Sampedro Honors Beloved Teacher Lorraine Silverstein


On May 25 at Miami Killian Senior High School, student Pedro Zerpa was awarded with a new scholarship presented by Panter, Panter, & Sampedro. The award was created in remembrance of a former law studies teacher at the school, Lorraine Silverstein, to aid dedicated students on the law track.
 
“It’s not very often that you come across such an impactful mentor. Mrs. Silverstein was my son Jordan’s teacher. I clearly remember him boasting about her commitment and passion,” recalls Mitch Panter, managing partner of Panter, Panter & Sampedro.

 

We Had a Blast at Our Annual Marlins Day Event! 


NOTE: The accounts of recent trials, verdicts and settlements contained in this newsletter are intended to illustrate the experience of the firm in a variety of litigation areas. Each case is unique, and the results in one case do not necessarily indicate the quality or value of any other case.
July 2016

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