PA Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Drop Nearly 45% in 12 Years

Posted on: June 12th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On June 4, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a report that showed a continuing decline in the filing of med-malpractice lawsuits.   In 2012, there were only 1,508 filings – a 44.8 percent decline from the average number of lawsuits filed in the years 2000 thru 2002.  It was in 2003 that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania mandated 2 significant rule changes designed to limit such lawsuits.

Throughout Pennsylvania, 133 medical malpractice cases went to a jury verdict.  106 of the verdicts were for the defense – a staggering # of nearly 80% for the doctors, hospitals, etc.  In Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties, 34 total cases went to a jury verdict, with 32 defense verdicts!  There is no other personal injury area where the jurors so consistently find for the defense.