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It can be difficult to determine how many fatalities are considered "wrongful deaths" caused by negligence. As a result, this page will discuss accidental and preventable death statistics in the state of Texas.
Unfortunately, Texas also leads the nation in workplace fatalities, and has done so for the past 10 years straight. The good news is that the numbers seem to be trending downward on a year-to-year basis.
While you might attribute these numbers to the large population in Texas, it's interesting to note that California only reported 385 workplace fatalities and has a larger population than Texas. Florida reported 234 on-the-job fatalities in 2014, and New York reported only 160.
OSHA, the safety body tasked with the responsibility of enforcing safety rules within the workplace, recently came out with its work-related fatalities report for the fiscal year spanning October 1st 2014 to September 30th 2015. OSHA reports that during this time, there were 1,189 reports of fatalities and catastrophes (where at least three workers were hospitalized). Out of these, 49 were from the state of Texas.
Deaths due to medical errors continue to plague the medical community, who's responsibility it is to offer quality care and treatment to those who need it.
Public Citizen, a non-profit out of Washington DC released a report in 2003 which stated that there were at least 3,260 to 7,261 preventable deaths in Texas each year caused by medical errors. Another report in 2012 revealed that over 440,000 people across all U.S. states lose their lives to preventable medical errors every year.
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