Ten years after a Texas law capped damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, the law called “tort reform” is hailed and reviled for this: It has sharply cut the number of suits and the amounts losers must pay.
Texas Department of Insurance data show that medical malpractice claims, including lawsuits, resolved in a year fell by nearly two-thirds between 2003 and 2011 (the most recent year for which data is available), to 450. The average payout dropped 22 percent, to $198,673.
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Mary Ann Roser has provided in-depth coverage of Central Texas health and medical issues since 2000. Her training includes national fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine.