Medical Malpractice Payouts: Florida Ranks 5th Nationally By Tod Aronovitz | 05/22/13 | 0 Comment

Florida patients received over $200 million in medical malpractice payments last year, according to a recent report titled Diederich Healthcare’s 2013 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis.

Total U.S. medical malpractice payouts reached $3.6 billion for 12,142 claims in 2012—about one every 43 minutes. The states with the highest payouts came in as follows:

1.) New York — $763,088,250
2.) Pennsylvania — $316,167,500
3.) California — $222,926,200
4.) New Jersey — $206,668,250
5.) Florida — $203,671,100

Diagnosis-related malpractice allegations accounted for more than $1 billion in payments, and the highest percentage of malpractice allegations were related to “failure to diagnose,” accounting for 20% of all payments. Other leading malpractice allegations included surgery (24%), treatment (18%) and obstetrics (11%).

The bulk of payouts (93%) were for settlements, while judgments were responsible for only 5% of the payouts.

About the Medical Malpractice Study

The medical malpractice insurance company based its analysis on 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Practitioner Data Bank. It found that a total of $3.6 billion was doled out in medical malpractice lawsuits, with 48% of the compensations occurring in New York, Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey and Florida.

Women received more payouts than men (57% vs. 43%), according to the report, and patients aged 40 to 59 years, of both sexes, had the highest number of payouts at 39%.

Payouts awarded to inpatient (45%) and outpatient (41%) malpractice allegations were almost equal, and 9% of payouts were attributable to both inpatient and outpatient treatment.

In terms of injury, 31% of payouts were awarded in cases that involved a patient’s death, 19% were in cases that involved significant permanent injury, and 18% were for cases that involved major permanent injury. Only 0.4% of malpractice payouts were related to insignificant injury, whereas 1% was based on emotional injury only, and 3% were based on minor temporary injury.

Although there was a 46% increase in the number of payouts awarded from 1998 to 2001, there has been a steady decline in the monetary value of malpractice awards since 2003. Payouts in 2012 were actually 3.4% lower than in 2011.

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