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What are the medical malpractice statistics like in New Jersey?

There are many statistics you can review about medical malpractice as a whole and birth injuries specifically. It's sometimes difficult to separate out what payments were made for due to patient confidentiality, but with the data, you can make better decisions about your care now and in the future.

Medical malpractice statistics from 2003 showed that 598 malpractice claims out of all claims filed in the United States were filed against health care professionals in New Jersey. Out of those claims, 70 claims were filed against dentists, accounting for 3.1 percent of dental malpractice lawsuits in the United States.

What kind of money can you expect for medical malpractice payouts in New Jersey? The article claims that physicians paid $326,101 on average for medical malpractice damages.

What about birth injuries? In the United States, there are approximately 7 birth injuries for every 1,000 births. When the incidence rate is shown, it is said to be approximately 1 in 9,714 people in total, averaging out to 0.01 percent of people suffering from a birth injury in the United States.

The National Practitioner Data Bank shows the instances of medical malpractice payments of any kind in the nation and individual states. To get a good gauge on how the state compares nationally, consider these statistics. Between 2003 and 2013, there were 160,619 medical malpractice payments made in the United States as a whole. A total of 7,963 of those payments were made in New Jersey. That's close to 5 percent of all medical malpractice payments in that state alone. In states like Montana and New Hampshire, the total payouts were closer to 650, showing how many more claims were made in the state of New Jersey in the same time frame.

Source: Insurance Q & A, "What are the medical malpractice statistics for the states of California, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Texas?" Sep. 09, 2014

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