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NCJ Number: 203098 Find in a Library
Title: Medical Malpractice Trials and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001
Author(s): Thomas H. Cohen J.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: April 2004
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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United States of America

Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
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United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=784 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document presents findings on medical malpractice cases disposed of by jury and bench trial in general jurisdiction courts in the Nation’s 75 largest counties during 2001.
Abstract: Information is provided on the types of injuries claimed by plaintiffs, plaintiff winners, and compensatory and punitive monetary damages awarded to plaintiff winners in medical malpractice trials. Trend data for medical malpractice jury trial litigation in 1992, 1996, and 2001 are also presented. Highlights include the following: (1) 90 percent of medical malpractice trials involved plaintiffs that claimed malpractice had caused death or permanent injury; (2) about half of the sampled medical malpractice trials were brought against surgeons, while a third were against non-surgeons; and (3) the overall win rate for medical malpractice plaintiffs (27 percent) was about half of that found among plaintiffs in all tort trials (52 percent).
Main Term(s): Court studies; Medical malpractice
Index Term(s): Legal liability; Legal malpractice; Malpractice litigation; Medical and dental services; Medical fraud; Medicolegal considerations
Note: BJS Civil Justice Data Brief
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