The "Dead By Mistake" website, hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, contains chilling stories of deficiencies in our health care system that result in injury and death. This alone brings the point home: more people die each month from preventable medical errors than died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Quite frankly, this is all old news to lawyers who are involved in medical malpractice litigation. This site will educate those lawyers who do not regularly do this work. It will inform consumers and legislators of the nature and extent of the problem. And, for those of us who do this work everyday, it will remind us of how important it is that we work as hard as we can to hold health care providers responsible for the harm they cause.