If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you know that there is a huge misperception about medical malpractice and the cost of healthcare. There is a miniscule or nonexistent link between healthcare costs and medical malpractice lawsuits, and new data further confirms this.
The Ohio Medical Professional Liability Closed Claim Report and Ohio Department of Insurance recently released 2012 malpractice statistics. Here are the highlights:
- Ohio hit a record low with only 2,733 medical malpractice claims
- Only approximately one-fifth of malpractice claims resulted in a payout of any amount
- Ohio medical malpractice payouts have dropped 37 percent since 2005
- Failure to diagnose or treat is the most common source of Ohio malpractice
The data is unsurprising. Ohio has purposefully made it more difficult for injured patients to get their case into court, imposing daunting obstacles that are not present in other type of accident claims.
Further, when a medical malpractice victim beats the long odds and successfully wins a payout, Ohio damage caps have severely restricted the extent and amount of recoverable compensation.
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, be sure to speak with an experienced Ohio injury attorney because you are already facing an uphill battle.
Source: Columbus Dispatch, “Medical-Malpractice Claims Fall To Record Low In Ohio,” Alan Johnson, May 2, 2014