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What are the medical malpractice statistics for the states of California, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Texas?

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Medical malpractice is one of the major types of litigation cases in America. According to information from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 90 percent of the medical malpractice claims in the largest American counties were filed by claimants who have sustained permanent injury or whose relatives have died as a result of medical malpractice. Half of those lawsuits were against surgeons, and 33 percent - against non-surgeon medical professionals. Claimants only won 27 percent of the lawsuits against healthcare specialists, according to the general statistics.

Medical Malpractice Statistics for Florida

According to statistics provided by the National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS, in 2003:

  • There were 1,351 medical malpractice payment reports against physicians in Florida, accounting for 9.52% of all medical malpractice claims in the United States.
  • 112 of the medical malpractice claims were against dentists, which accounts for 5 percent of the general dentist malpractice lawsuit statistics.
  • Florida healthcare professionals paid a total of $315,373 in mean medical malpractice damages and $195,000 in median medical malpractice payments.

Medical Malpractice Statistics for California

According to the National Practitioner Data Bank 2003 Annual Report, the 2003 medical malpractice statistics for the state of California are as follows:

  • 1,358 or 9.5% of all medical malpractice claims against healthcare professionals were made in the state of California.
  • 16.74 percent of the general medical malpractice lawsuits against dentists were filed in California. The exact number of the medical malpractice payments reports against dentists in California, is 375.
  • California physicians had to pay an aggregate of $176,986 in mean medical malpractice damages, and $60,000 in median malpractice payments.

Medical Malpractice Statistics for New Jersey

According to the National Practitioner Data Bank, the 2003 New Jersey figures are as follows:

  • 598, or 4.2 percent of all medical malpractice claims in the United States, were filed against healthcare professionals in New Jersey.
  • 70 medical malpractice claims were filed against New Jersey dentists, which accounts for 3.1% of all dentist malpractice lawsuits in America.
  • New Jersey physicians had to pay $326,101 in mean malpractice payments, and $225,000 in median malpractice damages.

Medical Malpractice Statistics for the State of New York

According to the National Practitioner Data Bank 2003 statistics, in the state of New York:

  • 1,817 medical malpractice lawsuits were initiated against physicians, which is 12.7% of all medical malpractice claims in the United States for the respective year.
  • New York dentists were defendants in 433 of the medical malpractice cases, which accounts for 19.3% of all medical malpractice payment reports nationwide.
  • New York healthcare professionals had to pay $387,228 in mean medical malpractice payments, and $212,500 in median medical malpractice damages.

Medical Malpractice Statistics for Texas

The 2003 statistics of the National Practitioner Data Bank says that:

  • 7.7% of all medical malpractice claims were made in the state of Texas.
  • Compared to national statistics, 64, or 3.8% of medical malpractice claims against dentists, were filed in Texas.
  • Texan healthcare practitioners had to pay $229,314 in mean medical malpractice damages, and a total of $150,000 in median medical malpractice payments.
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