Jul 30

Study Details Medical Malpractice Payments


Average Amounts Paid for Montana Physician Negligence Cases

According to statistics compiled by the National Practitioner Data Bank, Montana ranked 14th in the nation in median malpractice payments for physicians in the years of 2003-2012 with a median payment of $250,000. In 2012, which is the latest year in the compilation, Montana ranked 12th with a median payment of $250,000. By comparison, Illinois was the highest ranking state over the ten year period of 2003-2012, with a median payment of $418,440. Hawaii had the highest paying median rank for the year of 2012 at $555,000.

Keep in mind that each case is unique. Also keep in mind the quote made famous by Mark Twain: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” The study also requires a refresher (for me anyway) of the difference in mean and median. The mean is the sum of all numbers divided by the amount of numbers, while the median is the middle point of a number set. Therefore, while the statistics are interesting to consider, the medical malpractice attorney must dig into the facts of each case to bring out its unique facts.

How Long Does a Montana Medical Malpractice Case take between incident and payment?

Once again, this is always case dependent. However, the National Practitioner Data Bank study included statistics for the length of time that passes between the date of the incident and the date of payment. Montana ranked fairly well in comparison for the median rank, coming in at 42nd in 2012, and 38th during the ten year period of 2003-2012. Since the rankings are in the order of the slowest jurisdictions to the fastest, there were only approximately 9-13 jurisdictions faster than Montana from the date of incident to the date of payment. The mean amount of time for payment in Montana was 3.3 years in 2012 (the median was 6.1 years for 2012), and 3.6 years for the ten year period of 2003-2012 (the median was 4.1 years). In comparison, South Dakota was the fastest jurisdiction in 2012 with a mean time of 2.5 years. The slowest jurisdiction in 2012 was Mississippi, at 6.1 years.

Regardless, if you believe that you have been harmed by the negligence of a medical professional, contact the McGrady Law Firm for a free case evaluation.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Data Bank National Practitioner, www.npdb.hrsa.gov.

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