Medical Malpractice Payouts Rise In New York

Medical Malpractice Payouts Rise In New York

More city-owned hospitals were named as defendants in medical malpractice claims in 2015 than in previous years, according to a recently released report by the New York City Comptroller’s Office.

Industry experts consider this development to be a significant one, since it has been since 2003 that medical malpractice payouts increased nationally. In the fiscal year 2013, there were 495 medical malpractice claims filed against city-owned hospitals. In 2015, that number rose substantially to 521. This figure does not include the number of malpractice claims filed against hospitals owned by other entities.

New York leads the country in malpractice payouts

Although the national trend is pointing toward increases in malpractice payouts, New York still retains the dubious distinction of leading the country in hospital negligence payouts when analyzed on a per capita basis. In fact, in 2014, The Washington Post published a color-coded map depicting the range of malpractice payouts across the country. New York and Pennsylvania were the only states highlighted in red to signify the highest level of payouts. For that year, malpractice awards accounted for $690 million in New York, which was almost double the figure for the runner-up, Pennsylvania.

In 2014, New York averaged $39 per resident in malpractice payouts compared to $25 per Pennsylvania resident. In recent years, the trend toward a decline in malpractice claims had been fueled by tort reforms, including those that placed a cap on payouts. The recently released data from New York City suggest a reversal in malpractice trends.

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