- November 28th 2011
Medical liability lawsuits in Pennsylvania decreased in 2010 for the sixth consecutive year, a trend officials say is associated with rules created by the state in 2002 to reduce frivolous lawsuits.
In 2010, 1,491 medical liability lawsuits were filed in the state, a drop of about 45 from 2009, according to data released online May 18 by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. Since 2002, filings of such lawsuits in the state have declined by more than 45%. Philadelphia, which handles the largest court caseload in the state, experienced a nearly 70% decrease.
"Pennsylvania's judiciary collaboratively addressed a complex medical malpractice litigation crisis, and the latest figures show the progress made in the last seven years," Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille said in a statement. "One of our fundamental priorities is to assure the Commonwealth's citizens that the legal process will not be abused in malpractice cases. We're very encouraged by [Read more]