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PA Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Decrease

At a time when personal injury attorneys seem to thrive off malpractice claims, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that PA medical malpractice suits have taken an interesting turn within the past decade. Many people in the Keystone state might be surprised to hear that Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys have seen a drop in medical malpractice lawsuits statewide with 2,632 reported medical malpractice lawsuits in the year 2000 and only 1,533 in 2009.

Gynecologists and obstetricians are physicians that have had a history of being particularly hit hard with such lawsuits. As reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stated that 90 percent of obstetricians and gynecologists have had a liability claim filed against them at least once, and that more than 60 percent have changed their practices because of liability concerns.

After a doctor has a medical malpractice filed against him or her, the doctor may feel a great amount of anxiety or emotional distress. However, it's important to remember that doctors are also entitled to hire a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney to be defended of a medical malpractice claim. An attorney can often relieve the amount of stress that a doctor goes through when hit with a medical malpractice suit. In the state of Pennsylvania, juries side with the physician 85 percent of the time. So, a doctor has a good chance of not getting sued by a patient when it comes to medical procedures.

Patients, however, should not be discouraged by this statistic and should not hesitate to file a medical malpractice claim when a medical procedure results in a serious injury. More information on medical malpractice claims can be found through our Related Resources pages.

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