Medical malpractice jury verdicts have hit a 15-year low in the state of Pennsylvania since the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts began reporting figures in 2000. Last year, there were 101 medical malpractice cases tried in state courts, reflecting a 20 percent decrease from the previous year, and a nearly 70 percent drop from the number of cases each year between 2000 and 2003.
Of the cases tried in 2015, juries returned a defense verdict in 79 cases. Four nonjury verdicts also resulted in defense verdicts. The other cases were resolved as follows:
- Three awards less than $500,000
- Two awards between $500,000 and $1,000,000
- Twelve awards between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000
- Three awards between $5,000,000 and $10,000,000
- Two awards greater than $10,000,000
Medical malpractice attorneys are attributing the consistent decrease in the number of lawsuits to the increasing costs of litigation and the use of alternative dispute resolution, including mediated and binding arbitration with high-low agreements.
Talk to an Attorney About Your Medical Malpractice Case
Medical malpractice cases can be costly and complex, which is why it is important not to trust your case to just any lawyer. You need an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases and has years of experience taking cases to trial. Michael M. Wilson of The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson M.D., J.D. & Associates is both an attorney and physician, so he understands the legal and medical aspects of these types of cases. Whether your case involves a serious surgical error or a devastating birth injury, our firm has what it takes to pursue maximum compensation. We invite you to call us today to talk about your legal options.
Contact a Washington, DC medical malpractice lawyer at (202) 223-4488.
Dr. Michael M. Wilson is an attorney and a physician who earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his legal and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He has focused in the area of medical malpractice for more than three decades and secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients throughout the country. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is listed in America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.