According to Diederich Healthcare, $3.6 billion was paid out in medical malpractice claims during a recent year on just over 12,000 claims. That averages out to be about $3 million per malpractice claim and one payout every 43 minutes. Thirty-one percent of cases were due to the death of a patient. Most claims were due to misdiagnosing the patient. Nearly 50% of the claims were classified as serious and resulted in permanent injury. If you've been injured by a healthcare provider or facility you deserve to have a share of the awards.
When we visit healthcare providers, we expect them to do their job correctly. We expect their staff to perform their jobs with care and to closely monitor their patients' health. Nevertheless, mistakes are commonly made. In about 12% of the claims paid, the medical negligence is minor, temporary or emotional injury. The rest of the time, something serious happens and life-long effects are felt.
A Harvard University study determined that only about 13% of legitimate medical negligence claims actually get filed.* Don't be in the 87% who could potentially receive compensation for their injury and/or emotional distress due to malpractice that don't file a claim. Fill out the form now to request a free consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer. Our attorneys will take the time to discuss the merits of your case and then provide advice on how to proceed with your medical negligence case. Remember, medical malpractice lawsuits have a time limit in which they must be filed.