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Facts & Figures

Find the statistics related to lawsuits and consumer protection by using the links below.  The statics are grouped by category.

 

Listing of Facts & Figures
by Topic Area

 

Facts & Figures
 

Facts & Figures are listed under the main categories appearing below. 

Civil Litigation

Medical Malpractice

Products Liability

Trial Lawyers


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast Facts About Civil Litigation

Proponents of so called "tort reform" claim that litigation and the fear of litigation hinders job growth and stifles economic development. Businesses tell Congress that frivolous lawsuits are on the rise, making it hard to compete and difficult to succeed. But independent studies by the federal government and neutral academic experts prove there is no statistical support for these claims.    Click here to get the facts.

Medical Malpractice

  • The National Center for State Courts says medical malpractice claims are not increasing.  Click here to see facts & figures.
  • Claims that rising malpractice costs are making healthcare unaffordable are likewise unfounded.  Malpractice insurance premiums amount to less than 2/3 of 1% of all medical costs, and are a negligible contributor to overall healthcare costs.  See the facts & figures by clicking here.
  • Califorinia's Medical Malpractice Cap was enacted in 1975, with no provision to ensure the cap reflects the effects of inflation.   Click here to see how the value of $250,000 has dropped over time.
  • The only significant decrease in doctor's malpractice insurance premiums followed legislation enacted in 1988 in California requiring insurance companies to rollback premiums to levels which were at least 20% less than their 1987 charges.  Click here to see the facts & figures.
  • The number of physicians in California has increased from 1996 to 2003.  Click here to see the facts & figures.
  • The number of Obstetricians / Gynecologists per 100,000 women has increased in California over the time period from 2000-2002.  Click here to see the facts & figures.
  • The number of California medical malpractice payments reported to the National Practitioner Databank has declined each year from 1999 to 2003.  Click here to see the facts & figures.
  • The median California medical malpractice payment amount reported to the National Practitioner Databank has declined from 2001 to 2003.  Click here to see the facts & figures.
  • The total cost of medical malpractice premiums paid in California in 2002 is small compared with the cost of preventable medical errors in California hospitals.  Click here for the facts & figures.

Products Liability

  • Product Liability Laws Make America Safer
    America's product liability laws are a powerful warning to even the most audacious wrongdoers that they cannot market and sell products that injure or kill consumers and expect to get away with it. Click here for a few of the safety changes prompted by our liability laws and punitive damages.

Trial Lawyers

  • Business groups often claim that trial lawyers are a threat to small businesses. The truth is that most trial lawyers are small businesses.   Click here to get the facts.