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Tort reform reduces lawsuit risk; establishes framework for quality improvements
Date:5/23/2011

It is well known that rising medical malpractice premiums have reached a crisis point in many areas of the United States, and the economic and emotional costs of these claims are driving physicians and surgeons away from high-risk specialties. However, according to the authors of a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, implementation of comprehensive tort reform has been associated with a nearly 80 percent decrease in the prevalence of surgical malpractice lawsuits at one academic medical center. This decrease in lawsuits also resulted in a significant decrease in malpractice-associated costs.

As a part of comprehensive tort reform in 2003, Texas Proposition 12 placed a $750,000 cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, and limited an individual physician's liability to $250,000. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio conducted the study, which was based on data extracted from two hospital databases. They reviewed malpractice suit prevalence and associated costs, spanning an 18-year period from 1992-2010.

During this timeframe, surgeons performed 98,513 surgical procedures. Out of this cohort, surgical patients filed 28 lawsuits. The great majority of the suits (25) were filed between 1992-2003 (the pre-reform period). About half of these cases (13) were decided in favor of the plaintiff, and the remainder (12) in favor of the surgeon. The liability cost of the lawsuits was $5.56 million, and the legal fees were $1.6 million for a total litigation cost of $7.16 million. The annualized cost was almost $600,000 per year. Since 2004 (the post-reform period), three surgical-related lawsuits have been filed. The total legal cost for these cases was $3,345, or an annualized cost of about $500 per year.

The prevalence of surgical malpractice lawsuits significantly decreased following tort reform. During the pre-reform period,
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