Pneumonia Complications, Hospitalizations, Deaths: Risks and Liabilities

Introduction

Risks in Diagnosing or Treating Pneumonia
Pneumonia results in more than 50,000 deaths in the United States every year, with approximately 3.4% of hospital inpatient deaths being attributable to pneumonia. On a global basis, pneumonia is the leading cause of death for children under five years old.

Awards and settlements in malpractice lawsuits involving pneumonia can amount to millions of dollars.

Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, employers, insurers, and other potential parties to the litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and liability issues that can arise in connection with the diagnosis or treatment of pneumonia.