What Are the Medical Malpractice Statistics in Ohio?
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.