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Healthcare providers and hospitals maintain a duty to safeguard the health and safety of their patients.

There is no singular definition of the “standard of care,” as each case varies depending upon the unique characteristics of the patient’s medical situation.

Healthcare providers who fail to meet the applicable standard of care might be liable under New York’s medical malpractice statute.

Medical negligence is an increasing public health concern, posing severe risks of patient injury, disease, disability, and death.

As a result, New York law provides injured patients a way to recover compensation from their negligent healthcare provider.

Every medical malpractice claim is different, and the settlement a person can expect to secure depends on various factors. 

How Much Is the Average Medical Malpractice Settlement?

A recent analysis of historical medical malpractice claims data suggests that while claim frequency has been trending downward, the severity of claims has been trending upwards.

As a result, the average medical malpractice payment in the most recent reporting year was $337,072.

Data also suggests that from 2010 to 2019, New York had $6.9 billion in medical malpractice payouts. As a result, New York led the nation with the highest medical malpractice payout amounts. 

Types of Medical Malpractice Cases 

Medical malpractice claims typically fall into three primary categories:

The allegations often include the following claims:

  • Improper performance,
  • Failure to diagnose,
  • Delay in diagnosis,
  • Improper management,
  • Misdiagnosis, and
  • Foreign objects left behind during surgery.

A medical malpractice claim can be brought against various healthcare providers. However, statistics indicate that the highest average settlement occurs in claims involving the following specialties:

  • Neurosurgery,
  • Neurology,
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology,
  • Pediatrics,
  • Pathology, and
  • Gastroenterology. 

Many patients also report that their injuries resulted from multiple negligent healthcare providers. Sometimes, different or contradictory instructions and recommendations can lead to harm.

Factors That Impact Medical Malpractice Settlements in New York

Navigating the medical malpractice system can be challenging, especially when you are experiencing the physical, psychological, and financial impact of their injuries.

Victims should consult with an attorney to discuss the factors that can impact their medical malpractice settlement.

However, some general characteristics that can affect a medical malpractice award include the following:

  • The severity of your injuries,
  • Medical treatment costs,
  • Amount of lost income and earning capacity,
  • Provable damages,
  • Liability, and
  • Statute of limitations. 

Victims can recover economic damages and non-economic damages. And unlike other states, New York has no statutory limit on medical malpractice damages.

As such, no limit exists on how much a medical malpractice victim or their family can seek. 

Learn More About Bringing a New York Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Have you wondered, What is the Average Medical Malpractice Settlement in New York? If so, you’re not alone.

However, without having a dedicated medical malpractice attorney review the details of your case, it will be hard to come up with an accurate figure.

At the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, we have over 25 years of extensive experience helping patients and their families hold negligent medical providers responsible for their actions.

We’re immediately available to meet with you to discuss your case. To schedule a free consultation today, call the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima at 516-280-7311.

You can also connect with us through our online contact form

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Theodore A. Naima

Theodore A. Naima is the founding partner of the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, a Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Law Firm based in New York. In 2015, Ted was awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the company that has long been recognized as setting the gold standard for lawyer ratings, signifying the highest degree of peer recognition and professional excellence.

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