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Study finds payment amounts from surgical error claims rising

Recent research into medical malpractice claims made against surgeons and surgical residents shows that payment amounts from these claims are increasing.

A study presented at the American College of Surgeons 97th Annual Clinical Congress using data from the National Practitioner Data Bank says that while pay-outs are rising, actual surgical error claims have decreased.

In analyzing 58,518 claims covering 1990 to 2006, data showed that payments increased by $3,200 a year on average, while the amount of surgical error claims filed over these years decreased by 154 claims a year.

The most common type of injury suffered by claimants were minor permanent injuries, accounting for 19.7 percent of the surgical error claims.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error or other type of medical malpractice, contact the Oklahoma medical negligence attorneys of the Abel Law Firm at 405-239-7046 to learn more about your rights as a patient.

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