The folks at BJS recently released an interesting report on data from seven states that require med mal insurance carriers to report information on closed claims. The report, Medical Malpractice Insurance Claims in Seven States, 2000 - 2004, focuses on:
"... medical malpractice claims that were closed in Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, and Texas from 2000 to 2004. In these states medical malpractice insurance providers are required by law to submit information on closed medical malpractice claims. These claims are typically submitted to the Department of Financial and Insurance Regulation, which provided the data to BJS. The report provides an in-depth analysis of medical malpractice claims, including the number of claims closed with or without payouts, types of medical providers named in claims, facilities where alleged injury occurred, severity of alleged injury, court disposition of claims, amounts paid to compensate claimants, costs of defense counsel, and claim processing time."