Medical Errors in New Hampshire
Because New Hampshire has no mandatory medical error reporting system, there is no way to determine the extent of medical errors in the state. We do know that many victims of medical errors come to us for legal advice. The issues may range from failures to diagnose heart attacks, failures to diagnose cancer, surgical errors, medical errors that cause birth defects such as Erb’s palsy, and emergency room mistakes.
The lack of any reporting system in NH means that there’s no accurate way to measure the damage caused by these medical errors. Perhaps more importantly, there’s no way to correct these errors or hold people accountable for such medical mistakes. Until such a system is in place, those who need medical attention are at risk for preventable errors. This should be part of the current healthcare debate. It’s an issue that affects us all and leads to an inevitable rise in healthcare costs.