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Medical Malpractice Payments Hit 26-Year Low

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The National Practitioner Data Bank records 2017 as having the lowest number of payments made by physicians' insurers since it began collecting data in 1990. According to the NPDB, payments peaked in 2001 at 19,773 reports of medical malpractice payments, whereas 2017 only had 11,260 reports of medical malpractice payments across all healthcare providers, despite a dramatic increase in adverse action reports against healthcare providers. In the same time period between 2001 and 2017, adverse action reports have risen from 24,230 actions to 49,016. Are frivolous malpractice actions on the rise or is malpractice itself down?

Regardless, medical malpractice claims and payouts have steadily declined across the United States since 2001, and these payouts have decreased by 43% as of 2017. As the number of medical malpractice claims has dropped, so have the insurance rates of physicians and similar healthcare providers. According to a report completed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the direct premiums earned by medical professional liability insurance carriers have decreased every year since 2006. That report may be found here.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider's negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party's right to recover.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz by calling 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584 for your free consultation.

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