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By: Timothy Tomasik

Over the last 25 years, a doctor’s assets in a medical malpractice action have almost never been at stake.  The Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association has studied insurance data and has definitively shown that the “lawsuit crisis” is a myth.  Medical malpractice is a leading cause of death and injury in the United States, injuring an estimated 180,000 and killing tens of thousands of Americans annually.  Preventing malpractice in the first place is the best way to avoid malpractice litigation.[1]

Experts studying medical malpractice insurance companies have concluded that “while insurers and other tort reforms proponents blame malpractice litigation for the hard market premium increases, they are in fact consistently driven by the insurance companies’ response to the broader economic cycle.”[2]  State insurance regulators, including the former acting director of the Illinois Division of Insurance, agree.[3]

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