“The July Effect”–More Medical Mistakes This Month

Going to a hospital or emergency room in July? Be extra careful.

Several published studies have found that more medical mistakes–and greater mortality–occur in July, because that’s when the interns and residents get bumped up to medical staff positions. They’re new at it and mistakes happen. So do deaths. The Journal of Patient Safety, in a 2013 study, estimates that 440,000 people are killed each year by preventable–preventable–medical errors. That’s the equivalent of the entire population of Atlanta dying each year needlessly.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death and you suspect hospital or medical error, the best way to get to the bottom of it is to consult with a medical malpractice attorney. Sinclair Law Offices offers free consultations and can often find out what caused your loved one to be injured or die.

But in July, be extra cautious.