Malpractice payouts take huge jump
■ An occasional snapshot of current facts and trends in medicine.
Quick View. Posted June 7, 2004
Payments to plaintiffs have increased nearly 69% in the past decade.
The payouts in medical malpractice lawsuits have shown a big increase, even though the number of claims submitted to the National Practitioner Data Bank has remained about the same.
Source: National Practitioner Data Bank and the Physician Insurers Assn. of America Data Sharing Project