A report recently published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association echoes what researchers and experts have been saying for years:
medical malpractice suits and awards are on the decline. According to the report, the rate of medical malpractice suits and award
amounts have been on the decline largely because of tort reform and new
laws that cap damages.
Based on statistics from 2002 and five states, paid medical malpractice
claims fell from 18.6 per 1,000 doctors to 10 claims per 1,000 doctors.
Compensation awards also declined at a rate of 1.1% each year since 2007.
Although cases are unique and vary drastically, the average compensation
rate for a medical malpractice claim is roughly $195,000, according to
Medical Malpractice Victims Should Still File Claims
The report provides some concrete evidence about a trend many health care
and legal professionals have long known about. The important thing to
remember is that it's difficult to determine if any trend in the legal
field is sustainable and that this "news" should not deter victims
from asserting their rights and recovering the compensation they deserve.
Medical malpractice claims are still alive and well, and if you pay attention
to the news, it's likely you've heard about cases where victims
harmed by medical professionals still recover large compensation awards.
In 2013, for example, nearly 10,000 claims were ruled in favor of an injured patient.
The fact remains that
victims have every right to pursue justice and compensation in the event
that a healthcare provider causes them preventable harm. At Shrager, Spivey & Sachs, we have long advocated on behalf of injured
patients and families, and have recovered millions on their behalves throughout
the years. Policies surrounding medical malpractice may shift, trend,
and evolve - but
the underlying rights of victims never change.
If you have questions about filing a medical malpractice claim in Philadelphia
or anywhere throughout Pennsylvania,
contact our legal team for a free and confidential case evaluation.