Justia Badge
Illinois State Bar Association Badge
Million Dollar Advocates Forum Badge
Super Lawyers Badge
BBB Badge
Avvo Raiting

Illinois Medical Malpractice Litigation Statistics

Download PDF Version

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.
Client Reviews
Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld. Michonne Proulx
Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own. Ethan Armstrong
This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you. Daniel Kaim
Jonathan helped my family heal and get compensation after our child was suffered a life threatening injury at daycare. He was sympathetic and in constant contact with us letting us know all he knew every step of the way. We were so blessed to find Jonathan! Giulia
Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
Contact Us for a Free Consultation (888) 424-5757
Chicago Office Map