Thursday, March 11, 2010

Medical malpractice payments continue to fall

Payments made to injured patients in medical malpractice claims fell to record lows in 2009, contracting claims by some advocates of tort reform that malpractice claims are partly to blame for increasing medical costs in recent years. Last year, fewer individual claims were paid than any year on record, and the total amount paid for these claims was the lowest since 1992. Moreover, the total number of payments fell for the fifth year in a row, while the total amount of payments falling six years straight. This date comes at a time when courts around the country, including Georgia's Supreme Court, are contemplating the validity of caps on medical malpractice awards.


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