Pennsylvania Sees Decline in Medical Malpractice Cases Following Reforms

The Times-Tribune reported today that Pennsylvania has seen a significant decrease in medical malpractice lawsuits in recent years.  This decrease is a result of two crucial reforms to the way medical malpractice cases are handled in the court system.

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“Statewide and in most of Northeast Pennsylvania, attorneys filed significantly fewer medical malpractice lawsuits in the past nine years. In 2003, a rule change required attorneys to obtain a certificate of merit showing that medical procedures in a case didn’t meet accepted standards before they could file their case.

Also since 2003, attorneys can only file medical malpractice lawsuits in the county where the alleged incident took place, which limits the practice known as venue shopping.”

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