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Medical Malpractice Law in the United States

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Publication Date: May 2005

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Law and ethics (Liability, torts, and personal injury)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In recent years, medical malpractice law and insurance have become popular topics for debate in Washington, DC and around the country. This report provides an overview of the issues surrounding medical malpractice law, including the legal changes that states have made over the past thirty years in response to periodic concerns about rising medical malpractice costs; some newer proposals for changing medical malpractice law; and trend data for malpractice claims.

Medical Malpractice Law in the United States was prepared for the Foundation by Peter P. Budetti of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Teresa M. Waters of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.