Number of paid medical malpractice claims falling

Thursday November 6, 2014

A recent study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that the number of payments made for medical malpractice claims has fallen drastically since 2002.

The study, which was led by a researcher at Stanford Law School, reviewed data from New York, California, Illinois, Tennessee and Colorado between 2002 and 2013. The researchers found that the number of medical malpractice claims that were paid fell to 9.9 percent from 18.6 percent per 1,000 doctors. However, the researchers also found that the cost of liability insurance and the amount of compensation payments stayed the same or decreased recently.

The amount of compensation paid on claims from 1994-2007 had increased 5 percent annually, but after 2007, the amount fell an average 1.1 percent each year.

According to the researchers, premiums for California, Tennessee and Illinois medical malpractice insurance for obstetrician-gynecologists and internists fell 36 percent between 2004 and 2013. General surgeons saw decreases of 30 percent. In New York, the rates rose for surgeons, internists and ob-gyns. Colorado had increases in premiums for surgeons and ob-gyns, but decreases for internists.

Even though the payouts for medical malpractice claims has fallen significantly, it does not mean that holding doctors, medical staff and medical entities responsible for negligence is not worth it. If you have suffered an injury because of doctors’ errors, you have the right to seek compensation. Even though this study did not concentrate on Connecticut, it’s important to remember that a doctor’s negligence can happen anywhere. Holding negligent doctors responsible may help prevent someone else from going through the same thing.

Source: U.S. New and World Report, “Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in U.S.” Robert Preidt, Oct. 30, 2014

Get in Touch

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer today.

News & insights
Wrong Way Accidents: What They Are and How They Occur
Insights

Wrong Way Accidents: What They Are and How They Occur

23

January
2023

Crosswalk Laws in Connecticut
Articles

Crosswalk Laws in Connecticut

6

January
2023

How Long Do You Have To File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Articles

How Long Do You Have To File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

5

December
2022

Where Does Liability Fall in a Scaffolding Accident?
Articles

Where Does Liability Fall in a Scaffolding Accident?

23

November
2022

The Leading Causes of Intersection Accidents
Articles

The Leading Causes of Intersection Accidents

18

November
2022

Articles

How Do We Define Professional Negligence?

15

November
2022

Tips to Stay Safe on Halloween
Insights

Tips to Stay Safe on Halloween

28

October
2022

News

Stephanie Z. Roberge Named 2023 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in the New Haven Area

13

October
2022

Wrongful Death Lawsuits: How to Get the Compensation You Deserve
Articles

Wrongful Death Lawsuits: How to Get the Compensation You Deserve

5

October
2022

News

Kennedy Johnson Schwab & Roberge Ranked in 2023 “Best Law Firms”

9

September
2022