National Medical Malpractice Statistics
Every year there are more deaths as a result of medical malpractice than AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined. In fact, statistics show that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year (and 300,000 are injured) due to medical malpractice in hospitals alone. All together, statistics estimate that more than 1.3 million people are injured due to medical malpractice in the U.S. each year.
Statistics estimate that the total national cost (lost income, lost household production, disability, and health care costs) of medical malpractice which results in injury is between $17 billion and $29 billion each year, with health care costs representing over half of the figure. In contrast, statistics show that the total number of medical malpractice payouts is only between $5 billion and $6 billion annually.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Statistics
Statistics show that medical malpractice lawsuits represent only a tiny percentage of tort cases filed each year. In fact, statistics from a 2004 study show that medical malpractice lawsuits only accounted for an average of 4 percent of tort cases in 13 states studied.
Contrary to popular myth, statistics show that few injured patients actually file medical malpractice lawsuits. While at the highest level, statistics estimate that more than one million patients suffer medical injuries each year, only about 85,000 medical malpractice lawsuits are filed annually.
According to statistics from a Harvard study, only fifteen percent of medical malpractice claims are decided by trial verdict. Other statistics estimate that 90 percent of medical malpractice cases settle without jury trial, with some statistics indicating that the figure is as high as 97 percent.
New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Statistics show that every year, thousands of people in New York are injured as a result of medical malpractice. In fact, statistics from a 1990 Harvard study estimated that more than 3% of the people hospitalized in New York suffer some form of medical malpractice which results in serious injury.
If you or a loved one were injured by medical malpractice in New York, you should contact an attorney immediately because you generally only have a short time from the date of the malpractice incident within which to file a medical malpractice claim. Contact us today for a free and confidential case review.