Latest medical malpractice data shows sustained decline in case filings, Pa. Supreme Court announces
The newest court statistics on filings and jury verdicts may be found on the Supreme Courtâ€™s Medical Malpractice Home Page
(4/26/2006) -- Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ralph J. Cappy yesterday announced the release of state court system data on medical malpractice case filings and verdicts for 2005 that show a sustained decline in the number of med mal lawsuits filed statewide.
According to a press release, the 2005 data show the statewide total number of med mal filings and the number and amount of jury and non-jury verdicts. According to the release, there were 1,698 filings in 2005. This represents a 37.8 percent decline from the base years 2000-2002, the period just prior to the Supreme Courtâ€™s initiation of the certificate of merit and venue rules, according to the release.
The report also addresses medical malpractice jury and non-jury verdict amounts for the calendar year 2005. According to the courtâ€™s press release, calendar year 2005 had the fewest number of jury verdicts and the fewest number of verdicts exceeding $1 million.
“These figures, which are improving in accuracy each year, continue to provide critical information that previously was unavailable to the Commonwealthâ€™s citizens in such a comprehensive format,” Chief Justice Cappy said. “As the data is examined in greater detail and evaluated over time, it is anticipated that the numbers will provide a foundation for more informed decision making by all three branches of state government.”