Tuesday, July 6, 2010

PA medical malpractice

The number of medical malpractice cases filed in PA has fallen to a record low.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced the release of state court system data on medical malpractice case filings and verdicts for 2009 that show a further decline in the number of lawsuits filed against health care providers statewide for a fifth consecutive year. You can read the complete results here.

In 2009, there were 1,533 filings, representing a 43.9 percent decline from the “base years” 2000-2002. In Philadelphia, PA's district with the largest caseload, the decline has been by nearly 60 percent during the same period.

The base years are the period just prior to two significant rule changes made by the Supreme Court. The first change, which I discussed previously here, required attorneys to obtain from a medical professional a certificate of merit that establishes that the medical procedures in a case fall outside acceptable standards. A second change required medical malpractice actions to be brought only in the county where the cause of action takes place.

These results run counter to PA's ranking in the Pacific Research Institute's Tort Liability Index I discussed here. Share this post :
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