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Tort Reform Issue

June 17, 2008

Every study shows that the rise in insurance premiums is not dependent on jury verdicts, lawsuits, trial lawyers and settlements. Yet, there is a constant and relentless voices falsely connecting all this together.

False Diagnosis

In short, as far as medical malpractice cases are concerned, for 15 years the Texas tort system has been remarkably stable. Texas’s situation is not . One study of Florida’s experience from 1990 to 2003 also found declines in paid claims per 100 practicing physicians as well as per 100,000 population. Over the same period in Missouri, the total number of malpractice claims fell by about 40 percent and the number of paid claims dropped almost by half.

Malpractice premiums have risen sharply in Texas and many other states.

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