Study Says Large Medical Malpractice Payouts Do Not Add to Healthcare Costs: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Comments

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A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins states that large medical malpractice payouts do not drive up health care costs or drain resources. According to a May 1 statement released by the university, health care costs are instead escalated by tests and procedures performed in the name of defensive medicine aimed at avoiding lawsuits.

Based on data from 2004 to 2010 examined in this study, there were 77,621 claims that were paid and catastrophic claims accounted for 7.9 percent or 6,130 claims, the report says.

A study performed by Johns Hopkins researchers shows that health costs are not driven up by high medical malpractice payouts, but as a result of defensive medicine where doctors perform unnecessary tests to avoid lawsuits. According to a May 1 statement issued by the university, researchers reviewed malpractice payouts over $1 million. What they found was that those payments added up to $1.4 billion a year, but tests and procedures performed in the name of defensive medicine added up to $60 billion a year, the statement says.

A majority of the large malpractice payouts involved what are known as "catastrophic claims," which most commonly results from conditions such as quadriplegia, brain damage or anesthesia errors, the report states. Based on data from 2004 to 2010 examined in this study, there were 77,621 claims that were paid and catastrophic claims accounted for 7.9 percent or 6,130 claims, the report says. Among the top payout categories were diagnostic issues, obstetrics related problems and surgical errors.

Those who have been victims of medical malpractice tend to suffer significantly, says New York personal injury lawyer, Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "For them, the medical malpractice payout is a lifeline. This is money a victim needs desperately to maintain a certain quality of life as well as his or her dignity."

Victims who have been injured or affected by medical negligence do have legal rights. "They can file medical malpractice claims seeking compensation for all their injuries, damages and losses. In many cases, these are injuries that could have been entirely prevented had the doctor or hospital staff taken the necessary precautions and safety measures."

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