What would you think if you were told that the average payout in medical malpractice cases in Michigan was roughly $7.45 per year for 2012 and 2013? Maybe you’d be indifferent, not knowing whether that’s good or bad. Maybe you’d argue in favor of tort reform to reduce the occurrence of malpractice cases, or maybe you’d argue that the legal system needs to do more to protect patients who are harmed by their doctors.
Whatever your reaction, this is the number provided by Diederich Healthcare in its annual compilation of medical malpractice payouts, which it reports to the National Practitioner Data Bank. The numbers only include payouts following a written request, which leaves out those made after merely verbal requests or those occurring during mediations. Still, the numbers are thought to be pretty accurate.