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.