U.S. Medical Malpractice Statistics (Pt. 1)
February 6, 2015
Medical malpractice is serious problem that impacts too many Americans each year. To shed some light on the incidence and impacts of medical malpractice in the U.S., below and in a second part of this blog series, we will present some fascinating – if not shocking and tragic – medical malpractice statistics.
The statistics presented herein have been compiled by various reputable agencies and organizations, including (but not limited to) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to any type of medical mistake or negligence, you can rely on the experienced Portland medical malpractice lawyers at the Savage Law Firm to stand up for your rights, hold the negligent party (or parties) accountable and help you with your financial recovery.
U.S. Medical Malpractice Statistics: The Patients
About 60 percent of medical malpractice plaintiffs are females, with the average age of these plaintiffs being 38 years old.
- About 20 percent of malpractice plaintiffs are newborns, and 12 percent are people over 65 years old.
- While about 45 percent of patients’ medical malpractice claims pertain to incidents that have occurred at inpatient facilities (like hospitals, for instance), just over 40 percent of these cases are related to mistakes or errors made in outpatient health care settings (like clinics or doctors’ offices, for example).
U.S. Medical Malpractice Statistics: The Doctors
- OBGYNs are named as the defendants in about 19 percent of medical malpractice cases filed in the U.S. each year.
- While general surgeons are also prominently named in these types of cases (being the defendants in about 17 percent of medical malpractice cases filed annually in the U.S.), primary care doctors are reportedly named as defendants in about 16 percent of these cases.
For some more interesting medical malpractice statistics, be sure to check out the upcoming second part of this blog series!
Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you or someone you love been hurt by the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional? If so, you can rely on the Portland medical malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm for experienced help and aggressive legal advocacy. For more than three decades, our lawyers have been devoted to defending injured people’s rights to both justice and compensation.
While this means that our Portland medical malpractice lawyers will work diligently to help our clients tell their stories in court, it also means that our attorneys and dedicated staff will vigorously stand up to insurers and others outside of the courtroom to ensure that our clients are able to obtain the settlements they deserve.