Medical malpractice payouts in Texas went down slightly from 2012 to 2013. According to Diedrich Healthcare, the per capita payouts for Texas residents were $3.03 million in 2012 and $3.02 in 2013. Texas paid out around $60 to 80 million in 2013.
Have Medical Malpractice Payouts Risen in the United States?
Fortunately, there is some good news on medical malpractice payouts in the United States. Diedrich Healthcare says, “2013 marks the first time since 2003 that there was an increase in total payout amounts.” In 2013, $3.7 billion was paid out in medical malpractice cases.
It is great news that medical malpractice payouts increased, because that means more people are being compensated fairly for the injuries they incurred at the hands of a negligent healthcare provider.
How Often Are Medical Malpractice Cases Settled?
Most medical malpractice lawsuits end in settlement. In 2013, 96 percent of the cases were settled while only 3 percent of the cases were decided by a judgment.
What Types of Patients Received Most of the Total Payouts?
Most medical malpractice payouts came from inpatient care. Below is a breakdown of the payout amounts by patient type:
- 45 percent—inpatient
- 38 percent—outpatient
- 11 percent—both
- 6 percent—unknown
Unfortunately, Texas makes it difficult for a victim of medical malpractice to be compensated for his or her injuries. However, just because it is difficult does not mean it is impossible. If a negligent healthcare provider has injured you, it is important to hire a knowledgeable and experienced law firm that knows how to navigate the murky waters of Texas medical malpractice laws.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney