Statistics for Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Medical Malpractice

by | Dec 19, 2014 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice, Surgical Errors |

Medical malpractice may be higher in certain areas of medicine in Ohio
due to the nature of the procedures. Unfortunately for people such as
surgeons, mistakes in their form of medicine can be devastating for patients
and themselves. Did you know, for instance, that most physicians can expect
to have at least one medical malpractice lawsuit against them in a 30-year
career, but orthopedic and neurosurgeons may face higher rates than other

For example, there are around 3.4 percent of neurosurgeons who are facing
malpractice claims each year for claim payments; in total, around 18 percent
face a claim of any kind. That means 18 out of every 100 neurosurgeons
are facing malpractice claims.

As a patient, you may ask if these claims are fruitful or not, because
if so, then there may be a problem with particular doctors or negligence
in the field. Interestingly enough, around 4 percent of all claims resulted
in a payment of some form. Average payouts for people who have suffered
from injuries due to neurosurgery or orthopedic surgeries were varied,
but neurosurgery payments averaged $325,000. For orthopedic surgeons,
the average payout was $225,000.

Of the cases reported for the study, 70 percent claimed malpractice took
place due to improperly performed surgeries. A failure to diagnose was
the second-highest reason for a claim, and that was alleged around 28
percent of the time.

These instances may not add up to many on the whole, but every patient’s
life matters. If you’ve suffered an injury during a neurosurgery
or orthopedic surgery, your needs need to be accounted for. With the right
assistance, you may be able to make a successful claim and get the compensation you need.


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