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Indiana Medical Review Panel Statistics: How difficult is it for a patient to win?

Steve Wagner

Since the inception of the Medical Malpractice Act in Indiana in 1975, there have been a total 27,272 complaints filed by patients within the state. According to a 2012 report by the Indiana Patient Compensation Fund, we learned that there have only been 2,117 financial payouts from the Indiana Patient Compensation Fund for those filed complaints.

Of the cases filed, only 13,973 of those received opinions from a medical review panel. According to the IPCF report, the medical review panels only found “malpractice” in 2,633 of the complaints. They found “no malpractice” opinions in 8,888 of the complaints, “Material Issue of Fact” in 686 of the complaints, and a “Variation of Opinion” in 1,766 of the complaints.

The conclusion from this study is that medical review panels only find malpractice offenses in 18.84% of all 13,973 opinions. Those numbers become even lower when we factor in the even larger numbers of original complaints filed.

Medical malpractice cases can be extremely difficult to win. In the rare case that a medical review panel does side with you,you are still not guaranteed to receive the compensation you deserve. Hiring an experienced Indiana malpractice lawyer is one of the best ways to improve your chances of succeeding before a medical review panel and at trial, if necessary.

If you are recovering from a medical malpractice injury or wrongful death claim, our attorneys are willing to provide you with a free consultation. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule an appointment.

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