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Study Finds Most Medical Malpractice Claims Won by Physicians

May 20, 2012 by The Parrish Law Firm

A new study has shown that most medical malpractice claims that make it to court are ultimately decided in the physicians favor, reports Medscape News.

It was found that while 55.2% of medical malpractice claims that needed defense cost came to litigation, physicians won most cases that went to court.

According to the study published May 14th in the Archives of Internal Medicine, litigation claims frequently take months or even years to be resolved. The mean time needed to resolve claims was around 19 months. Nonlitigated claims sat around 12 months, while claims that were litigated were resolved in around 25 months.

In terms of outcomes of litigation, across the United States the court dismissed 54.1%, and only 4.5% of claims were eventually decided by a trial verdict. Of those trial verdicts, the defendant won 79.6%.

Claims that were resolved in a trial took around 39 months for cases won by the defendant, and about 44 months for those won my the plaintiff.

This study reinforces the need for a quality medical malpractice lawyer if you are thinking about pursuing a claim. The attorneys at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC are prepared to take on your Virginia medical malpractice case with vigor and expertise. Call us today at 703-906-4229 or send us an email for your free case consultation.

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