Jury Verdict Research published a study this month that found that medical malpractice plaintiffs receive an average of $983,769 for being “incorrectly diagnosed with a serious illness resulting in fear or unnecessary treatment.” For once, the median is not far behind the average. The median misdiagnosis verdict was $843,362.
To provide a contrast, the study also provided the most recent national data for medical malpractice verdicts. The average medical malpractice verdict in the United States over the last 11 years is $713,457. The median malpractice verdict is $196,500. Approximately 15% of malpractice awards exceed $1,000,000 which certainly inflates the average, although a number of these verdicts are not collectable because of either caps on noneconomic damages or because the doctor did not maintain malpractice insurance.