Medical malpractice deaths have risen in the past ten years and are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States with more than 250,000 people dying every year from surgical errors and negligence.
Data from 2009 to 2018 shows the following:
- Surgical error deaths are the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
- At least 250,000 people are killed by medical errors every year.
- The average payout for a medical malpractice lawsuit in the past 10 years was $309,908
- New York had the highest medical malpractice payouts in the U.S. with $7 Billion between 2009-2018
- The state with the lowest medical malpractice payments was North Dakota with $28.35 Million.
- Since 2009, a total of $38.5 Billion has been paid out to victims across the United States.
- Physicians (MD) are the highest practitioners to be sued for medical malpractice with over 85,000 reports between 2009-2018.
- Dentist Hygienists/Assistants have the lowest amount of medical malpractice lawsuits with just 45 lawsuits in the past 10 years.
- The largest medical malpractice payout was awarded to a man in Florida for a misdiagnosis of stroke systems. He was paid $216.7 Million.
- 2015 had the highest amount of medical malpractice payouts in the past 10 years, with a total of $4.01 Billion in damages collectively awarded to victims.