Medical malaccuses have jumped to record highs over the past three years, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.
In fact, the average amount of malpractice lawsuits filed in 2016 was nearly $1.5 million, up from $1,200 per case in 2014.
That’s an increase of more than 4,000 cases per year, or nearly half the amount of cases in the mid-2000s, when the nation was at its peak of medical malpractice litigation.
“This is a real story, but it’s also a story that’s been unfolding for a long time,” said Alex Abdo, the policy director for the Center on Wrongful Convictions at CAP.
The report comes after the state of Wisconsin passed a law that will make it easier for doctors to file medical malaccusals for negligence claims.
The law also includes provisions for doctors and hospitals to share data with each other, and the state has set up a website to make it easy for people to file claims.
“I think we are seeing this happening for the first time in our state in a way that we’ve never seen before,” said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, a member of the House Judiciary Committee who introduced the legislation.
“I think that’s a very welcome development.”
The Center for the Protection of Patients’ Rights says it’s working to pass similar laws across the country, and a similar law in Massachusetts will go into effect on March 1.