Monday, May 16, 2005

Study shows no Med-Mal crisis

A study of Illinois medical malpractice cases released last week rejects the view that out-of-control jury verdicts and case filings are causing insurance rates to skyrocket and doctors to flee to less litigious states.

Duke University law professor Neil Vidmar concluded that while doctors’ liability premiums are rising, factors other than the tort system are to blame. The Illinois State Bar Association commissioned Vidmar to conduct the study.

The study can be found here. It is in PDF format.

According to the report, there is an "upward or steady trend" for physicians entering the State to practice specialties such as obstetrics and gynecology and neurological surgeons.