What State Pays out the Most in Medical Malpractice Claims? You Guessed it

If your answer was “New York”, sadly you’re correct. According to a recent report publish by Diederich Healthcare, doctors and hospitals in New York State pay out more in medical malpractice suits than any other state in the US.

The leading cause of medical malpractice payouts (for all 50 states) stemmed from diagnosis issues. All too often patients suffer adverse effects when health care professionals fail to diagnose serious medical conditions.  The second leading cause of medical malpractice payouts were surgical errors.

The study also broke down payouts by severity of outcome. Shockingly the leading outcome of medical malpractice was death. The second leading outcome was major permanent injury, followed by significant permeant injury. Read more here.

We all want to believe our doctor will provide us with quality care, that he or she will take time to thoroughly review test results, will listen to us as we describe symptoms and ailments, and will take all necessary precautions to prevent complications during surgical procedures. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. As New Yorkers, as patients, and as advocates of ill / injured family members it is particularly important that we speak up if something seems off, and take action if a doctor or healthcare professional causes unnecessary harm. Click here to learn more about medical malpractice.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP