Is payment of medical malpractice claims common in New Jersey?
Considering the number of medical procedures and hospitalizations yearly in New Jersey, it appears that medical malpractice claims are the exception rather than the rule. That may be due to the fact that most doctors are careful and prudent and do not commit malpractice. However, even good doctors and nurses can, and do, make mistakes.
Medical malpractice cases in New Jersey are extremely difficult to win. NJ juries are predisposed to siding with the doctors and giving them, if possible, all benefits of doubt. The insurance companies that insure doctors know that it is very expensive for a plaintiff’s lawyer to complete a jury trial, and that the cases have a high chance of the physician winning.
Nevertheless, there were 412 medical malpractice claims paid in New Jersey, totaling $175 million in 2008, the most recent year of complete data, according to data from the National Practitioner Data Bank. The average claim payment was $425,017 in New Jersey. In 2007, there were 455 medical malpractice claims paid totaling $196 million. The year prior to that, there were 523 claims paid totaling $205 million. As you can tell from this data, every year hundreds of patients are injured each year by negligent doctors and health care providers in New Jersey. It’s possible that you or a family member is a victim of medical malpractice.
If you believe that a negligent doctor, hospital or health care provider has harmed you or a family member, you should contact a skilled New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer or medical malpractice attorney to review your case. A NJ medical malpractice lawyer who has handled a number of medical negligence and malpractice cases will be well qualified to handle a complex medical malpractice claim.
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