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2011 Medical Malpractice Payments Lowest on Record

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Nov 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Florida medical malpractice lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, gives his input into why medical malpractice payments dropped to their lowest number on record in 2011.

For years, we have heard that there is a lawsuit crisis and many good doctors are leaving the professional because of medical malpractice claim that are filed by greedy patients and their lawyers.  The numbers show this is just not true.  On the whole, more and more people are severely injured by medical malpractice, and yet, the number of claims being filed and the monies received on a per claim basis have been steadily trending down.  Public Citizen, a watch dog group, noted that the average payment for medical malpractice claims in 2011 was $327,600.

Analysis

I believe these trends are going to continue downward for a number of reasons.  First, the insurance company and medical lobby is very strong and every year they take away patients rights.  For instance in Florida, if you file a medical malpractice claim, you now have to give the other side an authorization allowing the doctor's lawyer(s) to speak with your treating physicians without a patient representative being present.  Second, the Florida legislature has passed laws, capping the amount of recovery for pain and suffering damages for catastrophically injured patients.  Finally, the news is full of rhetoric and propaganda that there is some relationship between the cost of healthcare and medical malpractice suits, which again, is not supported by the numbers.

These factors working together have caused attorneys who take these cases to pass on a number of viable cases because the risk is too great and the reward is so little.

Florida medical malpractice law is complex.  If you have any questions about a potential medical malpractice claim, contact Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation box on the right hand side of the screen.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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