Going to the hospital is supposed to help you, but in many cases it can be the worst thing for you. Recently, health care experts determined that preventable hospital error caused nearly 98,000 deaths a year in the United States. However, another study from the Journal of Patient Study suggests that number is much higher and may be closer to 440,000 deaths per year – one-sixth of all deaths nationwide, making preventable hospital errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Information regarding the safety of a specific hospital is now gradually reaching the public, which means that it can help us choose our hospitals more wisely by looking at their safety records. Since these records will be available to us as patients, hospitals may become safer as a result of this transparency. Errors in hospitals have been tracked since 2000 and the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began collecting information on hospital quality in 2003, and since 2005 has been posting information on the website Hospital Compare. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice or hospital negligence, contact us for a free case appraisal today. Read more on this article.