7 Medical Malpractice Myths Debunked (Pt. 3)

May 20, 2015

Here’s the conclusion to our blog series 7 Medical Malpractice Myths Debunked.

A Few More Medical Malpractice Myths Dispelled

Myth 5 – An increasing number of medical malpractice cases have been filed in recent years.

Here, more common and dangerous myths about medical malpractice are dispelled by our experienced Portland medical malpractice lawyers. Contact us for help if you’ve been hurt by medical negligence.

Here, more common and dangerous myths about medical malpractice are dispelled by our experienced Portland medical malpractice lawyers. Contact us for help if you’ve been hurt by medical negligence.

Fact – Nope! Actually, since around 1997, the number of medical malpractice filings in the U.S. has decreased. In fact, as the National Center for State Courts has reported:

  • There has been an 8 percent decrease in medical malpractice filings over the past 17 or so years.
  • While personal injury cases only comprise about 6 percent of the total caseload for the civil court system, medical negligence claims only make about 3 percent of these cases. In other words, medical malpractice cases only represent about 0.18 percent of the total caseload for the U.S. civil court system.

Myth 6 – Medical malpractice lawsuits are increasing health care costs and are forcing physicians to stop practicing medicine.

Fact – This is also blatantly untrue, as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners has pointed out that:

  • Defending physicians against medical negligence claims and compensating victims costs about $7.1 billion each year. This represents only 0.3 percent of the total U.S. healthcare costs.
  • In contrast, the costs associated with preventable medical mistakes are more than quadruple those associated with medical negligence claims, as preventable medical errors cost $29 billion annually in the U.S.
  • Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of practicing physicians in the U.S., representing an all-time high for the nation.

Myth 7 – Awards in medical malpractice cases are outrageous and out of control.

Fact – Wrong again! Although people tend to hear about large medical malpractice awards, only about 0.5 percent of medical malpractice awards are $1 million or greater (and these are for cases associated with the most serious/fatal injuries).

In fact, while some research has found that the average payout for a medical malpractice claim associated with serious/permanent injuries was between $215,000 and $315,000, a RAND study has reported that, over the past 40 or so years, the value of the awards has not grown/increased consistently with the value of real income.

Here, it’s also important to note that, while hundreds of thousands of dollars for a malpractice award may seem substantial, these awards are generally intended to cover a lifetime of medical bills, lost income and other costs.

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We realize how physically, psychologically and financially devastating medical malpractice can be. That is why our lawyers are here to aggressively defend injured people’s rights to both justice and compensation.

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