Ten interesting statistics about medical malpractice

November 4, 2019

Medical malpractice deaths are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to a set of statistics published by Rosenbaum and Associates, an injury and medical malpractice firm in Philadelphia. The statistics include information sourced from peer-reviewed studies, physician surveys, and information retrieved from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), a government database of all medical malpractice reports and payments.

Here are 10 interesting statistics about medical malpractice that were listed:
  1. More than 250,000 people die in the U.S. each year from medical errors and negligence, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University.
  2. Medical Malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.
  3. Ninety-nine percent of physicians face at least one medical malpractice lawsuit by age 65, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
  4. Since 2009, a total of $38.5 billion has been paid out to victims of medical malpractice.
  5. Ohio ranks 11th in total medical malpractice payouts in the U.S. with $796.87 million between 2009-2018.
  6. The average payout for a medical malpractice claim between 2009-2018 was $309,908.
  7. The number of medical malpractice reports decreased by 18.5 percent from 14,017 to 11,429 between 2009-2018.
  8. Physicians are the highest practitioners to be sued for medical malpractice, with more than 85,000 reports between 2009-2018. The next-highest profession is dentists with 14,510 reports.
  9. Six states have caps (a limit on the amount of compensation a party can receive) on total damages in medical malpractice cases, which includes both economic and non-economic damages.
  10. Twenty-four states have caps on non-economic damages, including Ohio.

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