Every year, an estimated 98,000 people die because of medical malpractice and an untold number more are injured, forced to live with daily pain because of some else’s mistake.

Important Facts About Medical Malpractice


According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors kill 98,000 Americans every year, more than those killed by breast cancer, prostate cancer, and drunk driving combined, and the equivalent of two 737s crashing every day.


Medical malpractice is entirely preventable. Human error is behind almost 80% of adverse events in complex healthcare systems, making it the sixth leading cause of preventable death in America.


Medical malpractice claims and insurance premiums have almost no impact on healthcare costs. Medical malpractice premiums are less than one-half of 1 percent of overall healthcare costs.


Compensation for medical malpractice accounts for only 0.3 percent of America’s $2.2 trillion in healthcare spending. Meanwhile, the annual cost of treating preventable medical errors is a staggering $29 billion.

Recent News

GOP Again Proposes Malpractice Tort Reform, With a Twist

MedScape February 28, 2017 Over the past 20 years, House Republicans repeatedly have passed malpractice tort reform that caps noneconomic damages at $250,000, only to be stymied by Senate Democrats who view such measures as an intrusion on a plaintiff’s right to his or her day in court. Today, the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee narrowly approved another such medical liability bill, but one with a twist. The reforms would apply to malpractice suits in which the plaintiff received healthcare covered through a federal program, subsidy, or tax benefit. In other words, healthcare provided under Medicare, Medicaid, or private health plans…

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Florida Justices Rule Medical Documents Must Be Disclosed

The Ledger January 31, 2017 In a ruling that could have implications for medical-malpractice cases across the state, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday said a Jacksonville hospital system was required to provide records to a patient’s family because of a 2004 constitutional amendment. The 5-2 ruling overturned a decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal, which said a federal patient-safety law shielded the hospital system from having to turn over some documents in a malpractice lawsuit. The ruling stemmed from a voter-approved ballot initiative, known as Amendment 7, that was designed to expand access to records in malpractice…

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Stronger Malpractice Laws May Not Prevent Surgical Complications

Reuters January 17, 2017 More aggressive malpractice climates don’t necessarily protect patients from surgical complications, a new study suggests Supporters of medical malpractice laws that make it easier for patients to sue doctors say these protections are necessary to improve care. But in the current study, the risk of litigation didn’t translate into better outcomes, said study leader Dr. Karl Bilimoria, director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “It doesn’t really work – malpractice environment doesn’t influence doctors to provide better care,” Bilimoria said by email. “Rather, it may…

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