Why Medical Malpractice Claims Are On the Rise and What This Means for You

There is a growing concern with the prevalence of cases involving medical malpractice in New Jersey, as well as in the rest of the country. According to a recent survey conducted by Diederich Healthcare, the National Practitioner Data Bank numbers reveal that the State of New Jersey saw an increase of $43 million dollars in medical malpractice payouts in 2013 compared to 2012. This makes New Jersey the state with the third-highest medical malpractice payout per capita, coming just underneath New York and Pennsylvania, at $23.24 per person.

What this means for victims

The United States Census Bureau shows that New Jersey’s population in 2013 was around 8,899,339 people. While the survey did not narrow down the numbers to each city within New Jersey, we can reasonably assume that medical malpractice lawsuits in Northern New Jersey have seen an increase in 2013, just like the rest of the state. So what does this mean for healthcare patients in the state? It means that if you have been a victim of medical malpractice and have suffered injury and expense at the hands of a healthcare provider within the state, you have a better-than-average chance of winning your medical malpractice claim.

What this means for healthcare workers

Healthcare workers are increasingly focused on the status of medical malpractice lawsuits in their state—and rightly so. Because of the prevalence of such cases and the risks associated with any provider’s day-to-day practice, most take out medical malpractice insurance to mitigate the risks. This is the reason why, as the victim of medical malpractice, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek compensation for any injury you incurred due to a provider’s negligence.

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