NC Medical Malpractice Lawyers Review Surgical Error Statistics

North Carolina medical malpractice lawyers at Brent Adams & Associates received a new study from Johns Hopkins University. The study reviewed malpractice judgments over the course of a twenty-year period.

Keeping in mind that not every malpractice case is reported, and that not every victim wins their lawsuit, the numbers outlined below are considerably on the low-end. The numbers also reflect certain surgical errors: wrong-site surgeries, wrong procedures, wrong-patient surgeries, and leaving a foreign object inside patients.

Out of all the records included in the two-decade study, 1/3 of the victims were permanently injured and just over 6% did not survive the complications associated with the surgical error. More than half of the victims included suffered temporary injury.

The medical malpractice statistics show that surgical error occurs multiple times each week, and thousands of times per year. After reviewing the report, our Raleigh medical malpractice lawyers broke down the numbers of national malpractice statistics:

  • Foreign objects are left inside patients over 150 times per month
  • 1,040 patients experience the wrong surgery each year
  • Physicians perform wrong-site surgery 20 times each week

Then our Raleigh medical malpractice law firm reviewed data from the NC Administrative Office of the Courts, which studied medical malpractice lawsuits up to the same time as the national study:

  • 560 medical malpractice lawsuits are filed annually in North Carolina
  • Out of 267 cases that received a verdict, the plaintiff won in only 57 cases
  • The average award in the 57 cases was $302,600
  • The probability of winning a medical malpractice claim in North Carolina was 86%

Read about the statutes of limitations in North Carolina for medical malpractice cases.

The data above is based on research compiled through 2010.

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