U.S. Medical Malpractice Statistics (Pt. 2)
February 9, 2015
Resuming U.S. Medical Malpractice Statistics (Pt. 1), below, we will continue to present some insightful medical malpractice statistics that are based on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Justice, the New England Journal of Medicine, and various other reputable sources.
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U.S. Medical Malpractice Statistics: The Nature of Malpractice Claims
By far, the most commonly made allegation in medical malpractice lawsuits is that some type of diagnostic error (such as misdiagnoses or wrong diagnoses) occurred. Diagnostic errors reportedly comprise about 1 out of every 3 medical malpractice claims in the U.S.
- The next most commonly alleged medical mistake made in malpractice claims in the U.S. is related to surgery errors, which reportedly comprise about 24 percent of all medical malpractice claims in the U.S.
- Treatment problems, obstetrics mistakes and medication errors were also in the top 5 when it comes to the allegations made in medical malpractice lawsuits, with these issues reportedly being involved in about 18 percent, 11 percent and 4 percent of malpractice cases in the U.S. (respectively).
- While more than 31 percent of medical malpractice cases cite the resulting injuries (due to the medical negligence) as being the death of a loved one, other notable injuries cited in these cases include irreversible injury (which is cited in nearly 40 percent of these cases) and brain damage and/or paralysis (which is cited in about 12 percent of these cases.
U.S. Medical Malpractice Statistics: The Success Rates & Payouts
- While the majority of medical malpractice cases never make it to trial (for various reasons, including that many of these cases are settled prior to trial), when they do proceed to trial, verdicts in favor of plaintiffs are reportedly handed down in about 21 percent of these cases.
- When medical malpractice cases are resolved through settlements (prior to trial), these settlement-based outcomes favor the injured parties (i.e., the plaintiffs) more than 60 percent of the time.
- While the average compensation for medical malpractice cases related to issues in inpatient care settings is reportedly just over $360,000, the average compensation for cases related to incidents that occurred in outpatient care settings is reportedly around $290,000.
- The top 5 states that had the largest medical malpractice payouts in 2012 (the most recent year for which these numbers are currently available) are as follows:
- New York, with a total of about $763 million in medical malpractice payouts
- Pennsylvania, with a total of just over $316 million in medical malpractice payouts
- California, with a total of nearly $223 million in medical malpractice payouts
- New Jersey, with a total of just under $207 million in medical malpractice payouts
- Florida, with a total of more than $203 million in medical malpractice payouts.
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