Surprising Medical Malpractice Statistics | Germany Law Firm PLLC
When you see your doctor for a health issue or if you have surgery scheduled, all you want is the best news and a quick recovery. For some people though, their experience obtaining medical treatment does not go so smoothly, and depending on what their treatment is, they may even sustain further ailments and become sicker. Medical malpractice happens more often than people think. In fact, medical mistakes are just behind cancer and heart disease for the most common reason for death across the United States.
Medical malpractice can happen in many forms from misdiagnosis, to surgical errors, improper medications, failure to diagnose, and more. Very often, physicians are named in medical malpractice claims. So much so, that almost all physicians will face a medical malpractice claim at some point in their career up until they retire, or roughly at age 65. If you believe that you were the victim of medical malpractice in Mississippi, then taking your case to a qualified Mississippi medical malpractice attorney is a good idea. Medical malpractice claims can be very complex. Hearings have the potential to take a long time to come to a resolution and along with that be very costly. Considering that 78% of most medical malpractice claims do not end with a financial settlement to the victim, it is crucial to have the most experienced and skilled medical malpractice lawyer in Mississippi on your side fighting for your best interests.
What are the Medical Malpractice Statistics?
Approximately 41% of people believe that they were victims of medical malpractice and 250,000 people will die every year on average, due to medical miscalculations. So you would not be alone if you believe that you were harmed by a medical professional, and filing a claim for compensation can be one way to help you become as whole again as possible and get the money you need to pay for the losses you suffered. Medical errors are responsible for 10% of deaths across the country. Still, many deaths that are a result of medical errors are not properly diagnosed as such. In addition:
- Just under half, 48% of malpractice cases have multiple people.
- Surgeons are the most vulnerable to medical malpractice lawsuits with 85% experiencing one.
- As high as 73% of people who were the victim of medical malpractice sustained injuries and damages because of it.
- The average value of a successful medical malpractice claim was $309,908 from 2009 through 2018.
- There were approximately 12,414 malpractice suits each year between 2009 and 2018.
- Out of the specialty surgical lawsuits, 85% were OB/GYN, 78% were otolaryngology, 61% were anesthesiologists.
Speak to a Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
One study showed that of all the physicians examined, 7.4% had claims against them but only 1.6% of those claims resulted in payments to victims. Medical malpractice can cause victims to suffer greater bodily harm, lose their quality of life, can lead to disease, inflict emotional and mental trauma, and can also cause death. It is imperative that you have a qualified Jackson medical malpractice attorney advocating on your behalf when you are ready to file your suit. Call Germany Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable and talented Mississippi malpractice lawyer at (601) 487-0555.