You’re reading about medical malpractice facts for a reason. It may be because:
The hospital treated you or a loved one negligently. Or you may be wondering if you have a malpractice case.
If that sounds like you, or if you’re interested in malpractice for some other reason, here’s 12 medical malpractice facts you should know.
12 Medical Malpractice Facts
► One out of every three patients will be a victim of a medical error during their hospital stay. Truth is, there’s always going to be human error, but a third of all patients? That’s a lot.
► Malpractice reports indicate that over $4 billion was paid out for medical malpractice lawsuits, in 2018 alone. The average payout for a successful case was nearly $350,000. Money can’t fix what happened, but it can at least help. When you’re dealing with all of the emotional, physical, and financial turmoil malpractice causes, anything good helps.
► In 2018, payouts were for these top three malpractice allegations: 34.1% diagnosis, 21.4% surgery, and 21.1% treatment.
► Diagnosis errors cause 80,000 to 100,000 deaths in the US each year.
► About 34% of all doctors have been sued for malpractice. Why are the numbers so high?
► Unfortunately, medical doctors are put under much more stress than the average job. Stress brings with it burn-out, depression, and double the suicide rate of the general population. Many doctors admit that they’re overworked.
► You can’t wait too long to file a case. Every state is different, but there’s usually something called a “statute of limitations,” or a time frame you have to file. In Texas, for example, in most cases you have two years to seek legal action from the malpractice incident.
► Cases take time. Some are quicker than others, but it can take several months, and even years. Believe it or not, about 95% of cases settle out of court. This means that your law firm and the person or group you’re suing come to an agreement on their own.
► The majority of medical malpractice cases require no money up front. If your law firm believes you have a strong case they’ll actually foot the bill. If you win, your lawyer will receive an agreed upon percentage and will also be reimbursed legal fees. The good news is, if you lose you don’t owe them anything.
► Having a team of medical malpractice experts on your side is vital. In a malpractice suit, you’re usually going against giant corporations. You need expert witnesses and an experienced firm to win. Do your research and carefully select your firm.
► Medical negligence is currently (at the time of this writing) the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.
► 10% of all US deaths are because of a medical error. Each with a family that deserves justice.
Now that we’ve covered the medical malpractice facts you were looking for, let’s talk about justice.
Justice For Medical Malpractice Victims
We’ve all seen the commercials where the lawyer looks straight into the eyes of the camera and says “we’ll fight for you,” right?
It can be a bit cringey, but the truth is, nobody can fight for patients unless they reach out, and many malpractice victims don’t reach out until they’re aware they may have a case, and receive an invitation to fight for justice.
If you or your loved one has experienced malpractice we urge you to contact a local malpractice attorney to get justice.
If you’re in the Houston area, contact our malpractice lawyers with any questions you may have, and we’ll help you.