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Is medical malpractice on the rise in Idaho?

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

It seems that medical malpractice may have been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic. According to government figures, payments to settle medical malpractice claims against healthcare practitioners in Idaho have increased since 2020.

What do the statistics say?

If a healthcare practitioner is negligent and causes personal injury to a patient, it is called medical malpractice. It can lead to devastating, traumatic outcomes.

Patients who suffer injures because of medical malpractice can file claims against those negligent practitioners. In response, healthcare entities make settlement payments.

The U.S. government said there were 43 reported medical malpractice settlement payments worth $32.9 million in 2023. That is significantly higher than previous years, as there were:

  • 2020: 25 cases worth $10.95 million
  • 2021: 33 cases worth $6.73 million
  • 2022: 41 cases worth $19.01 million

In fact, the 2023 settlement payments of $32.9 million were the highest since 1990. The number of medical malpractice cases rising could mean more patients are at risk.

What does that mean for Idaho residents?

With the possible rise of medical malpractice in Idaho, it’s important for patients to know how to advocate for themselves. It is the responsibility of healthcare providers to meet the standard of care, but patients can take measures to protect themselves. For example, you can:

  • Seek a second opinion from another provider if you have doubts about what your medical practitioner says
  • Take notes regarding your daily symptoms, as well as during any medical visits
  • Do not be afraid to stand up for yourself and ask questions

However, if you wish to file a medical malpractice case, you should know that Idaho has a statute of limitations. This means you must file a claim within two years of the incident.

If you suspect medical malpractice, an attorney can help guide you through the legal process.