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Unpublished Paper
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same: A Comparison of Medical Mal;practice Trials in Virginia and North Carolina
ExpressO (2011)
  • Ralph Peeples
Abstract

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.

Keywords
  • medical malpractice,
  • trials
Disciplines
Publication Date
August 10, 2011
Citation Information
Ralph Peeples. "The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same: A Comparison of Medical Mal;practice Trials in Virginia and North Carolina" ExpressO (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ralph_peeples/3/