Illinois Medical Malpractice Litigation Statistics
Illinois Medical Malpractice Litigation Statistics The following is a list of useful statistics and information concerning Illinois medical malpractice litigation.
- The majority of plaintiffs were female.
- The average age of plaintiffs was roughly 40 years old.
- The second largest block of plaintiffs was newborns.
- The most common defendants include surgeons, primary care doctors, and OBGYNs.
- Plaintiffs prevail in settlement almost three times more than at trial.
- Surgical and diagnostic errors account for the majority of all claims.
- The typical case about two years from start to finish.
- Only about one in ten cases actually go to trial.
- Medical malpractice litigation costs the healthcare system roughly $50 billion every year but this figure represents only a small fraction of total healthcare spending.
In the last ten years (since 2005):
- There have been 492 medical malpractice cases.
- Only 62 of them recovered more than $5 million, or roughly 13%.
- 253 of them recovered nothing at all, or roughly 51%.
- 12 of them recovered something under $100,000, or roughly 2%.
- 73 of them recovered something between $100,000 and $1,000,000, or roughly 15%.
- 89 of them recovered something between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000, or roughly 19%.
- The most popular counties for litigation included Cook, Will, McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Kane, and Madison.