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New Jersey saw a 17.62% increase in total medical liability payouts last year. This statistic alone is shocking, but it is even more eye-popping when you consider overall payouts nationwide and in the Northeast region decreased in 2016.
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In order to file a medical malpractice claim, plaintiffs in New Jersey must submit an affidavit of merit from a board-certified medical professional with expertise in the medical procedure at issue attesting that the care provided by the defendant fell outside acceptable professional standards. The affidavit of merit is designed to limit frivolous claims, and ensure that physicians are being justly accused of wrongdoing.
In 2015, doctors and insurers in the United States paid out over $3.95 billion dollars in medical malpractice cases, an increase of 1.68% over the previous year, and a continuation of the trend toward additional payouts after nearly a decade of decline. A closer look at the data reveals that the problem may not be rooted in quality of care, but in law and culture.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has today released its opinion in the interesting medical malpractice case, DeMarco v. Stoddard. Rather than overturning existing law on the weak argument that medical malpractice insurance should be treated like auto insurance, the court took a strong stand against fraud and for strict statutory construction, holding 5-2 that the statutory law governing this area is clear, and cannot be brushed aside by public policy concerns.