Medical malpractice is something which occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide you with appropriate treatment, omits to take appropriate action, or gives substandard treatment that causes harm, injury, or even death to you or a family member.
Medical malpractice lawsuits make it possible for you or your family member to recover compensation from any harm that has resulted from sub-standard treatment.
As of 2017, it was reported by “Medscape” that there were between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States alone. These statistics can be further broken down to reveal the following:
Top 10 Specialties for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
At 85%, surgical and OB/GYN specialties were the most common specialties of medical malpractice lawsuits in 2017. Both specialties are complex and can lead to injury, disability, or even death if a physician is negligent.
Other specialties that commonly featured in medical malpractice lawsuits included:
- 85% - Surgery
- 85% - OB/GYN & Women’s Health
- 78% - Otolaryngology
- 77% - Urology
- 76% - Orthopedics
- 73% - Plastic Surgery/Aesthetic Medicine
- 70% - Radiology
- 65% - Emergency Medicine
- 62% - Gastroenterology
- 61% - Anesthesiology
Main Reasons for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
The most documented reason for medical malpractice lawsuits in 2017 was due to a physician’s failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis. This occurred in 31% of all the lawsuits. Other reasons for lawsuits included:
- 31% - Failure to diagnose/delayed diagnosis
- 27% - Complications from treatment/surgery
- 24% - Poor outcome/disease progression
- 17% - Failure to treat/delayed treatment
- 16% - Wrongful death
- 9% - Patient suffered an abnormal injury
- 3% - Medication administration errors
- 3% - Poor education of patient instruction and education
- 2% - Improperly obtaining/lack of informed consent
- 2% - Failure to follow safety procedures
Physician Involvement in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Startingly, every single physician that contributed to the study had been named in some form of medical malpractice lawsuit, with 49% being named in as much as 2 to 5 medical malpractice lawsuits.
Furthermore, 87% of these physicians were surprised that they had been named in a lawsuit, and 89% of these named physicians felt that the lawsuit was not warranted. 62% of physicians felt that the outcome of their lawsuit was fair, with the breakdown of these outcomes being:
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Outcomes
- 30% - Settled before trial
- 14% - Physician dismissed from the suit within the first few months
- 12% - Verdict in the physician's favor
- 9% - Case is ongoing
- 9% - The physician was dismissed from the suit prior to settling
- 7% - The suit was dismissed by the court
- 6% - The physician was dismissed from the suit prior to trial
- 5% - The suit was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff prior to trial
- 3% - Other
- 2% - Verdict in the plaintiff’s favor
- 2% - Settled at trial
96% of plaintiffs received a monetary reward of various financial values.
It is important that you contact a qualified medical malpractice lawyer if you wish to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. The standards and regulations for medical malpractice differ between states, and so you will need a qualified NYC medical malpractice attorney to inform you of the lawsuit process and then guide you through it.
Your NYC medical malpractice lawyer will inform you that a number of factors need to be proven in order for you to present with a viable medical malpractice case. These factors include:
- Proving that your physician failed to provide a proper standard of care
- Proving that your injury resulted from this medical malpractice
- Proving that your injury had damaging consequences to you, such as:
- Constant pain
- Enduring hardship
- Considerable loss of income
If you believe that you or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC today and speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys.
When you are ready to talk, we are ready to listen. Call 1-866-516-5887 for a free, confidential consultation.