April 21, 2010
PA: 2009 Med Mal Data
Pennsylvania prepares more detailed med mal filings and verdicts data than most states. Yesterday, the 2009 figures were released. In 2009, there were 1,533 med mal filings, a 43.9% decline from the "base" years of 2000-2002. In 2003, Pennsylvania enacted two reforms: (1) a certificate of merit requirement and (2) a venue restriction. The news release (pdf), complete with statistics: Download FINAL - 4-20-10 med mal 2009 filings and verdicts. Thanks to David Tyler, one of my Torts students, for the tip.
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The question shouldn't be are the number of filings down but are the patients safer and healthier. Denying access to the courthouse doors shouldn't be the measure of success or failure.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi | Apr 27, 2010 5:25:07 AM