Study Finds Payouts Rising for Medical Malpractice LawsuitsMay 3, 2017
According to a new study, payouts are on the rise for medical malpractice lawsuits. By reviewing statistics from the National Practitioner Data Bank, which tracks medical malpractice payments, they accumulated the numbers. During 1992-1996, the largest payout for malpractice suits was nearly $290,000, and rose almost 25 percent at the highest level to over $350,000 in the years between 2009 and 2014. Nearly 10 percent of claims hit $1 million in about 280,000 paid claims, and about 30 percent involved patient fatalities. Researchers point to the influence of tort reform in the suits, which weeds out the less solid cases, but leaves the cases that generate higher claim payouts overall.
The most common complaint in medical malpractice suits was found to be diagnostic errors. With the hurried pace in emergency rooms or medical facilities, even well-trained and experienced physicians and medical personnel may make mistakes that could lead to the increase of life-threatening complications or even fatalities. This, in turn, could contribute to the rising amount of medical malpractice lawsuits successfully filed.
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