Illinois Medical Malpractice Litigation Statistics

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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.
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