Friday, April 18, 2008
In 2003, Pennsylvania, via both the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the legislature, instituted several medical malpractice reforms. The court prohibited venue shopping and required lawyers to file a certificate of merit for their cases. The legislature created a fund to subsidize malpractice insurance. Since those reforms, claims have dropped significantly. There were 2,903 claims in 2002, as compared with only 1,693 in 2006 and 1,617 in 2007. The Pittsburgh Business Times has the story.