According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical malpractice is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and on average, 250,000 people die from medical malpractice, surgical errors and mistakes each year and the numbers continue to rise.
Data from 2009 to 2018 collected by the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), an exhaustive government database of all medical malpractice reports and payments in the United States, concludes these alarming facts.
- The average payout for a medical malpractice lawsuit in the past ten years was $309,908
- Surgical error deaths are the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
- The federal government doesn’t require hospitals to tell the public how often mothers die or suffer from childbirth complications.
- When it comes to preventing deaths from medical errors, out of 195 countries in the world, the S. ranks below the top 50.
- New York had the highest medical malpractice payouts in the U.S. with $7 billion between 2009-2018
- The state with the lowest medical malpractice payments was North Dakota with $28.35 million.
- Since 2009, a total of $38.5 billion has been paid out to victims across the United States.
- Physicians are the highest practitioners to be sued for medical malpractice with over 85,000 reports between 2009-2018.
- Dentist Hygienists/Assistants have the lowest amount of medical malpractice lawsuits with just 45 lawsuits in the past ten years.
- The largest medical malpractice payout ($216.7 million) was awarded to a man in Florida for a misdiagnosis.
- 2015 had the highest amount of medical malpractice payouts in the past ten years, with a total of $4.01 billion in damages collectively awarded to victims.
Compensation values for medical malpractice vary and are based on the severity of injuries and the overall effect of those injuries on your life during diagnosis and treatment, including mental distress, as well as how your injuries will impact a future prognosis.
To win a malpractice lawsuit, negligence resulting in further injury must be shown. These lawsuits can also be very costly to litigate, have a time-limit, and require patience by all involved. This makes it crucial for a patient and their family to work with a legal team that has the resources to spend every dollar necessary to prosecute the case successfully.
Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Lawyers in Chicago
If you were the victim of a medical error or medical negligence of any kind, please let us fight for you. We can conduct a free, no-obligation analysis of your situation, and reveal your potential reimbursement for the harm caused by medical malpractice while we work on a contingent fee basis. That means that you pay us nothing unless your case comes to a successful resolution, a settlement or verdict in your favor.
To request a meeting with one of our medical malpractice attorneys and seek legal help today, please call us at 312-332-2872 or complete an online case consultation form.