Staff report written from press release
Indianapolis, Indiana – November 20, 2023
A recent study conducted by Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC has positioned Indiana as the ninth most perilous state for medical patients due to a notable incidence of medical malpractice, averaging 0.63 reports per practitioner from 1990 to June 2023.
The examination, based on official records from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), showcased New York and Pennsylvania alongside Indiana as states with high rates of medical malpractice. New York led the list with a staggering total of 64,594 medical malpractice payment reports since 1990, averaging 1.25 reports per practitioner. Pennsylvania followed closely with an average of 1.04 reports per NPDB practitioner.
The findings unveiled by the law firm identified the East Coast as a hotspot for medical malpractice incidents, encompassing six of the top 10 states studied. New Jersey, Michigan, New Mexico, Florida, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Connecticut also featured prominently in the report.
Mike Montesi, Managing Partner at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, commented on the downward trend in medical malpractice reports over the decades. “Between 2001 and 2010, the average annual total of medical malpractice payment reports sat at 16,182, falling to 11,906 for the subsequent decade,” Montesi remarked.
Furthermore, the study hinted at potential correlations between regional dynamics and medical malpractice occurrences. “The East Coast appears to be the most dangerous region for medical patients, with six of the 10 states in the study having a shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean,” noted Montesi. He also suggested monitoring future trends in the healthcare sector, particularly regarding incidents of malpractice amidst reports of staffing shortages and wage-related strikes.
“The East Coast appears to be the most dangerous region for medical patients, with six of the 10 states in the study having a shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean. With reports of understaffing and strikes for wage increases within the healthcare sector, it will be interesting to monitor incidents of medical malpractice within the coming years for possible spikes or drops.”
The research utilized data exclusively from the National Practitioner Data Bank and emphasized the need for ongoing observation and analysis in the healthcare industry.
For more information about the study, visit Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC.
Source: National Practitioner Data Bank