Every year more than 400,000 Americans die because of medical error. More importantly, many of these errors are oversights that could easily be prevented, say the authors of the new book “Closing Death’s Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm” (Oxford University Press 2021).

In their book, the authors, attorneys Michael J. Saks and Stephan Landsman, examined ways to improve patient safety and reduce iatrogenic injury, a problem they claim that neither the health care industry, nor the legal one, has made effective progress in solving.