Monday, May 3, 2010

Continuing Decline in Medical Malpractice Suits In Pennsylvania

According to an April 27, 2010 article in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, medical malpractice case filings and verdicts in 2009 revealed a drop in the number of suits filed against health care providers in Pennsylvania. The numbers, secured from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, dropped for the fifth straight year.

More specifically, the article noted that there were 1,533 such filings in 2009, which was a 43.9 percent decline from the base years used of 2002-2003.

Some have attributed the decline in the number of cases to the rule requiring plaintiff's to produce a certificate of merit regarding the case before being allowed to pursue the case. Another factor cited was the efforts by the courts to prevent forum shopping by plaintiffs.

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