New York City Medical Malpractice Statistics (FY 2021)

NYC Medical Malpractice Statistics: The New York City Annual Claims Report for Fiscal Year 2021 that was issued on June 22, 2022 stated with regard to medical malpractice claims against New York City:

Since FY 2012—when 624 claims were filed—the number of medical malpractice claims filed has steadily declined over the past ten fiscal years. Still, we anticipate that the City will continue to pay out costly settlements and judgments as a result of the large number of medical malpractice claims filed in years past.

  • In FY 2021, there were 339 medical malpractice claims filed, down 14 percent from the 393 medical malpractice claims filed in FY 2020, and down 46 percent from the 624 claims filed back in FY 2012.
  • Medical malpractice claims settlements and judgments in FY 2021 decreased to $63.0 million from $81.4 million in FY 2020.

Medical malpractice claims result from alleged improper diagnosis, treatment, or care and are typically filed against NYC Health + Hospital (H+H) facilities. Since medical malpractice claims are complex, the cases often take five to ten years to resolve. The number of claims filed is, therefore, a better indicator of medical malpractice claims activity than the dollar amount paid out in any single year. In FY 2021, there were 339 medical malpractice claims filed, down 14 percent from the 393 medical malpractice claims filed in FY 2020, and down 46 percent from the 624 claims filed back in FY 2012.. Medical malpractice claims appear to be stabilizing, but we anticipate that the City will continue to pay out costly settlements as a result of the large number of medical malpractice claims filed in years past. The 91 medical malpractice claims resolved in FY 2021 cost the City $63.0 million, compared to $81.4 million paid out on 135 medical malpractice claims settled in FY 2020.

Settlements of medical malpractice claims accounted for 11 percent of the total $550.6 million paid out for all personal injury claims resolved in FY 2021. Of the 102 personal injury claims resolved for one million dollars or more in FY 2021, 15 were medical malpractice claim payouts, totaling $42.8 million.

Claims against NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) encompass claims for personal injuries including alleged medical malpractice, slip and falls on hospital property, and property damage sustained on hospital property. Many medical malpractice claims typically resolve in five to ten years from the date of filing, so the number of claims filed against H+H in a given year is a better indicator of current H+H claim trends than the amount paid out in any one year.

In FY 2021, 537 claims were filed against H+H, down from 610 claims filed in FY 2020, a 12 percent decline. The amount paid out on H+H claims decreased to $68.9 million in FY 2021, down from $84.3 million in FY 2020, an 18 percent decline.

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