“We historically average more than 20 new lawsuits filed per month against our North Carolina members,” said David Sousa, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for Medical Mutual. “Having just 11 new suits in six and half months is a phenomenal drop-off.”
TBJ also reported that MAG Mutual has cut physician’s premiums by an average of 7.4 percent for 2012 and refers to three percent of that as a “tort reform credit.” Click here to read the article. The News and Observer also reported on the issue.
Tort reform was a monumental victory for the NCMS and its partners. In addition to reducing the amount of medical lawsuits filed in North Carolina, tort reform also:
- Strengthens the screening mechanism for frivolous cases
- Eliminates inflated jury awards
- Helps juries distinguish between substandard care and bad outcomes
- Ensures doctors have a meaningful right to appeal legal errors made at trial
- Brings predictability to jury awards for noneconomic damages
- Addresses real challenges faced by physicians of all specialties in emergency care situations
- Prohibits “stale” medical malpractice claims against physicians
For more information on the Society’s tort reform efforts, click here.