This paper examines ten years (2000-2010) of medical malpractice trials conducted in Virginia and North Carolina. The primary source of our data are closed insurance records made available by an insurance company that provides malpractice coverage for physicians in both states. We are thus able to report on these trials in detail. We identify a number of the attributes of these trials, including demographic data, injury severity, outcomes at trial, physician specialty, medical allegations and insurer assessment of the cases. Plaintiffs were consistently more successful at trial in Virginia than in North Carolina. We discuss possible explanations for this difference, including the effecct of Virginia's cap on damages.
- medical malpractice,
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