OLR Research Report


November 18, 2002

 

2002-R-0904

PROPOSED MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW

 

By: Jerome Harleston, Senior Attorney

Date

Number of Cases

86-87

512

87-88

377

88-89

312

89-90

298

90-91

262

91-91

272

92-93

331

93-94

337

94-95

385

95-96

384

96-97

382

97-98

337

98-99

389

99-00

369

00-01

366

01-02

368

States with Caps

States without a Cap

California

20%

Arkansas

18%

Hawaii

0%

Connecticut

50%

Indiana

15%

Georgia

32%

Michigan

39%

Nevada

35%

Montana

21%

New Jersey

24%

New Mexico

13%

Oregon

56%

North Dakota

0%

Pennsylvania

77%

South Dakota

0%

Washington

55%

Utah

5%

Ohio

60%

Wisconsin

5%

West Virginia

30%

Average: 11. 8%

Average: 43. 7%

Decrease Rate of Litigation

No Impact

Increase Rate of Litigation

Abolition of Collateral Source Rule

Caps on economic damages

Periodic payment of damages

Penalties to punish frivolous lawsuits

Limits on attorney fees

Mandatory pretrial screening panels

Patient Compensation Funds

Optional arbitration of malpractice cases