PA Medical Malpractice Up Slightly

PA Medical Malpractice Up Slightly

A few more Pennsylvanians are filing medical malpractice suits.
A few more Pennsylvanians are filing medical malpractice suits. The State Supreme Court says  the number of lawsuits filed last year increased slightly, but overall there's been a 44 % decline since  2002.

That year,  the State Supreme Court  began requiring a certificate of merit from a medical professional before a suit could be filed  and for the suits to be filed in the county where the case occurred. In Philadelphia, the judicial district with the largest caseload, the decline exceeded 65%  during the same period.

Last year, had the fewest number of jury verdicts compared to earlier years and more than 70% were for the defense.
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