Contrary to popular belief, few injured Americans actually file lawsuits. According to Rand’s Institute for Civil Justice, only 10% of injured Americans ever file a claim for compensation and only 2% file lawsuits. In the area of medical malpractice, between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year due to medical errors in hospitals alone, according to the Institute of Medicine. Roughly 300,000 Americans are injured. Professors David A. Hyman and Charles Silver summed it up in a recent article: With about ten times as many injuries as malpractice claims, the only conclusion possible is that injured patients rarely file lawsuits.
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