TABLE 3

Patients’ Severity for Pediatric Malpractice Claims (1985–2005)

Total Closed Claims, %Total Paid Claims, %Total Indemnity, %Average Indemnity, $
Emotional injury only3.681.790.1724 607
Insignificant injury2.661.680.1421 570
Minor temporary injury10.568.042.4278 584
Major temporary injury10.188.775.23155 877
Minor permanent injury9.128.605.94180 531
Significant permanent injury10.4512.2913.8293 330
Major permanent injury12.4512.6821.26437 959
Grave12.7616.4232.43515 802
Death28.1529.7218.61163 611
Totals100100100261 263