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New York ranks top state for medical malpractice payouts

Discovering that one has been a victim of medical malpractice can be a serious and often emotional situation. In addition to the health risks associated with this form of negligence, those affected typically are faced with significantly higher medical costs and related expenses caused by the wrongful conduct.

A recent report shows that New York is the highest ranked state for medical malpractice payouts in the United States. Though it is beneficial to many victims that they are able to receive compensation for damages suffered, many may find the $677,866,050 in payouts for medical malpractice somewhat concerning.

New York, as well as five other states, has the highest malpractice payouts in the country. Together, these total 51.4 percent of total medical malpractice payouts for 2011. These payments typically cover malpractice for patients between the ages of 40 and 59, followed closely by patients that were 20 years old to 30 years old. These payments are often highly necessary for those who are victims of malpractice that was so serious that it resulted in significant serious health conditions or even death.

Despite these high figures, medical malpractice payouts in New York and nationwide are on the decline, dropping slightly in 2011 from 2010 figures. In fact, these payouts have been on a decline since their height in 2003. Still, medical malpractice is a serious problem for many patients who have trustingly put their care in the hands of a professional who was expected to make them better rather than bring more potential injury to them. The correlation between actual medical malpractice situations and medical malpractice payouts isn't indicated, but hopefully, if these payouts continue to decrease, we may also see a decrease in medical negligence.

Source: The Clinical Advisor, "Six states account for 50% of malpractice payouts," Ann W. Latner, April 17, 2012

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