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$5.45M per capita paid in Ohio medical malpractice during 2013

In 2013, Ohio medical care providers paid out $5.45 million per capita in medical malpractice claims, virtually identical to the sum from the previous year ($5.46M). At first glance this may seem like a big number, but how does it stack up to other states?

Keep in mind these numbers are per capita, adjusted for population:

  • Indiana, $4.18M
  • Ohio, $5.45M
  • Michigan, 7.45M
  • Kentucky, $8.58M
  • Pennsylvania, $24.76M

As you can see, Ohio is on the conservative side where Pennsylvania is far more liberal in paying out medical malpractice claims - and more aligned with states in the Northeast.

The numbers reflect Ohio's strict damage caps and pro-defendant court rules governing medical malpractice lawsuits. It would be difficult for someone to argue that medical malpractice claims payouts are a significant factor in the cost of Ohio healthcare.

If you are an injured patient or a family member who lost a loved one to malpractice, you face sizable challenges recovering damages in Ohio. It is vital to choose your medical malpractice attorney carefully.

Source: Diederich Healthcare, "2014 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis," Jeremy Gower, Feb. 19, 2014

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