Texas tort reform legislation has seriously limited, but not eliminated, medical malpractice lawsuits. The Bay Area of the Houston/Galveston area is filled with well respected hospitals. To get an idea of medical malpractice trends, I went back and compared medical malpractice filings against several area hospitals in 2016 and 2017.
The area’s oldest hospital is Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where all three of my sons were born. In 2016 the hospital was sued seven times for alleged acts of medical malpractice. In 2017 it was the subject of five such lawsuits.
Houston Methodist St. John’s Hospital, located in Nassau Bay, had one malpractice suit filed against it in 2016 and one in 2017.
Bay Area Regional Medical Center fared best of all. No medical malpractice lawsuits were filed against it in 2016, and only one was filed against it in 2017.
Anyone reading this should be reminded that the mere fact of filing of a lawsuit against a hospital does not mean the case has merit. But the raw numbers discussed above definitely provide insight into which of our local hospitals is the most frequent target of malpractice allegations.