Rather than ending with a trial verdict, the majority of medical malpractice claims settle out of court. According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, only about 15 percent of medical malpractice claims end with trial verdicts. Other research shows that between 90 and 97 percent of medical malpractice claims are settled by the parties, rather than by trial verdicts.

National Medical Malpractice Verdict Statistics

  • In 2001, the latest year studied by the U.S. Department of Justice, the median verdict, or monetary amount awarded to plaintiffs, in all U.S. medical malpractice cases was $422,000. In jury trials alone, the median verdict was slightly higher, at $431,000.
  • In 2001, the average medical malpractice verdict ($422,000) was nearly 16 times higher than the overall median verdict in all tort trials, which was $27,000.
  • In 2001, median verdict amounts were higher among plaintiffs who won medical malpractice trials against medical doctors, both surgeons ($575,000) and non-surgeons ($511,000), than against dentists ($53,000).
  • In 2001, plaintiff winners were awarded $1 million or more in approximately a third of medical malpractice trials brought against non-surgeon and surgeon defendants.
  • The average payment for a medical malpractice verdict in 1991 was $284,896. In 2005, the average payment for a medical malpractice verdict was $461,524.

New York Medical Malpractice Verdicts

The average medical malpractice verdict in New York is much higher than the national average. In fact, a 2006 report shows average medical malpractice verdicts in New York soared 35 percent, from $6 million to $8.1 million, for the years between 1999 and 2005.

New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you have been injured by medical malpractice in New York, our attorneys and experienced medical malpractice co-counsel can inform you of your legal rights and options. Should you choose to pursue a medical malpractice claim, attorneys will fight to achieve a verdict or settlement on your behalf. A medical malpractice verdict or settlement may reimburse you for:

  • medical bills
  • lost wages
  • pain and suffering
  • future medical costs
  • more

Because you generally have a limited time from the date of the medical malpractice incident within which to file a medical malpractice claim, you should contact us today for a free and confidential case review.

Published November 17, 2011 by