Medical Malpractice Facts
- According to the Harvard Medical Practice Study, only one in eight malpractice victims ever files a claim for compensation.
- A recent study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that as many as 98,000 patients may be killed each year in hospitals alone as a result of medical errors
- 2 million hospital patients acquire infections that result in 90,000 deaths each year
- Only 8 percent of doctors (1 out of 12) with 2 or more malpractice payouts have been disciplined by their state medical board. (National Practitioner Data Bank, Sept. 1, 1990 – Sept. 30, 2002.)
- Only 17 percent of doctors (1 out of 6) who have made 5 or more malpractice payouts have been disciplined by their state medical board. (National Practitioner Data Bank, Sept. 1, 1990 – Sept. 30, 2002.)
Medical Malpractice cases are, very complex, expensive to pursue, have a high risk of no recovery and often involve an “emotional” element due to the client’s personal involvement. Medical Malpractice cases are also vigorously defended by the insurance companies since, under the terms of most policies, the medical provider involved must approve of any settlement. Doctors are frequently hesitant to agree to any settlements due to the potential negative affect such a settlement would have on their reputation and their practice.