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Pennsylvania’s Plummeting Malpractice Numbers

Posted by medliorator on May 3, 2009

rule changes have dramatically lowered the number of malpractice suits filed in Pennsylvania. There were 1,602 filings last year, a 41% decline from the annual average between 2000 and 2002, before the changes were put in place.

One of the new rules requires a “certificate of merit” from a medical professional, establishing that “the medical procedures in a case fell below applicable standards of care”

Another rule requires cases to be filed in the county where the alleged malpractice took place — an effort to discourage so-called venue shopping, where cases would be filed in counties thought to be sympathetic to plaintiffs.

The number of malpractice cases fell sharply in 2003, when the rules were in place, and have stayed down.

Number of Malpractice Suits Falls 41% in Pennsylvania [WSJ]

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