John Hopkins’ researchers have come up with a study that indicates that huge medical negligence payouts are not driving health-care costs; instead it is the use of defensive medication wherein medical professionals rely on unnecessary medical tests in order to prevent lawsuits. According to a recent statement published by university on May 1, researchers have found malpractice compensating payouts of more than 1 million dollars. In fact, they have concluded from the study that total malpractice payments come up to 1.4 billion dollars per year, whereas screenings and tests performed in name of so called ‘defensive medication’ add more than 60 billion dollars annually to health care budget.
The study tells that a large proportion of medical negligence payouts consist of catastrophic payments that are mainly originated from the incidents such as brain damage, quadriplegia or anesthesia mistakes. The study has found after closely examining the medical records of the period between 2004 and 2010 that in total 77,621 malpractice claims were reported during the period of which catastrophic type claims were 6,130 or 7.9 percent of total. Among the most common reasons behind highly paid claims were surgical mistakes, obstetric problems or diagnostic errors.
Kenneth A. Wilhelm, a personal injury solicitor in New York, said that victims of medical negligence tend to undergo significant suffering. He also said that malpractice compensation is the only lifeline for such sufferers who desperately need this money to not only maintain their dignity but to have a better life quality.
All those unfortunate people who happen to be affected or injured by some medical negligence can claim their legal entitlements. They are legally allowed to file compensation claims for all of damages, losses and inflicted injuries. In most of negligence cases, such injuries would have entirely been prevented if doctors or other medical staff had taken safety precautions and necessary measures in account.
Mr. Kenneth A. Wilhelm works in a law firm particularly dedicated to deal with personal injury claims on behalf of its clients. This is an old and well-known firm that has been working for more than forty-one years. With its extensive experience in this domain, this firm is striving to win the maximum possible negligence compensation for all those clients who have either suffered some injuries, lost their loved ones in accidents or due to some medical negligence.
There is wide range of personal injury claims that this firm takes on, for instance, dental medical malpractice, roadside car accidents, medical negligence, worker’s injury compensation, wrongful deaths, rapes, comas, paralysis, slips and trips, wrong arrests, birth related injuries, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, and a long list of other injuries or accident cases.
If this study finding is unanimously accepted, it would help killing prevalent fears regarding reduction of malpractice compensation payouts. Moreover, it would relieve medical negligence law firms that fear cuts in their legal fee in case Government decides to cut down health-care costs. However, it is generally being hoped that government would soon announce healthcare reforms to address defensive medication costs instead of reducing malpractice payouts.