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

98,000 DIE ANNUALLY

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.

IT’S PREVENTABLE

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.

REFORM INSURANCE

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.

ONLY 0.3% OF ALL 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

Malpractice cases against evil Detroit doc settled for $8M

Insurance Journal, July 22, 2016 Patients who filed medical malpractice claims against Detroit-area oncologist Farid Fata and three Michigan hospitals will receive settlements totaling $8 million. The settlements were approved July 20 in Oakland County Circuit Court. They will be distributed by an arbitrator later this year to about 40 people. Fata is serving a 45-year federal prison sentence for intentionally misdiagnosing or mistreating patients. Many patients were told they had cancer and went through excessive chemotherapy. He was paid millions of dollars by insurance companies. Fata pleaded guilty in 2014 to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. His assets were…

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Indiana raises damage caps on malpractice

Indiana Lawyer, July 13, 2016 Historically, Indiana is not well known for being at the vanguard of legal reform. While there are many reasons for this hesitancy to lead change, several statutes have proven to be the exception, including the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act. Indiana was the first state in the nation to enact medical malpractice tort reform in 1975, providing statutory caps for damages and a state-operated excess fund for high-value cases. Since its inception, the act has remained largely intact, although the damage caps have increased three times since the 1970s. The initial cap of $500,000 was increased…

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Malpractice laws in Wisconsin make things even harder for victims

TMJ4, July 9, 2016 Seven hundred deaths a day from medical mistakes. New research shows that’s how many Americans are dying due to medical errors.  The I-Team looked into malpractice deaths in Wisconsin and talked to victims who say state laws make it nearly impossible to right the wrongdoing. According to new research led by Johns Hopkins, medical errors claim more than 251,000 lives a year, making it the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.  And if medical malpractice happens in Wisconsin, many people affected are blocked from seeking justice because of laws and court rulings.…

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