Getting exact medical malpractice statistics for the state of Ohio isn’t
as easy as looking them up. Some medical malpractice cases have been filed
as wrongful death cases or neglect cases, so they won’t show up
in the literature.
As of the latest information, Ohio has relatively good medical care. It
doesn’t have a huge percentage of malpractice cases according to
data points, but there are some areas of concern.
The data from the National Practitioner Data Bank Medical Malpractice Payment
Reports gives you a good idea of how each state does in relation to medical
malpractice cases. The chart shows that between 2003 and 2013, there were
over 160,619 medical malpractice payments in the United States. In Ohio,
the number was 4,164, which is 2.5 percent of all the medical malpractice
payouts within the nation.
It’s also been reported that 137 medical malpractice payment reports
were made against nurses in Ohio; not only doctors can be sued, after
all. Physicians did take a brunt of the blame, with 4.6 percent of the
cases in the state being launched against physicians. Interestingly, 3.3
percent of the medical malpractice cases in Ohio between 1990 and 2003
were against dentists, not medical doctors. As of 2003, one of the latest
data releases from the National Practitioner Data Bank, the average medical
malpractice payout in Ohio was $344,650.
No matter what the statistics show, patients who have to file for malpractice
could be facing catastrophic injuries. Some of those cases may have included
those who were suing on behalf of family members who passed due to their injuries.