Medical Negligence Lawsuits in Oklahoma: An Empirical Study
Chris D. Jones
Jones Law, PLLC
Oklahoma City University Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2006
This empirical study focuses on medical negligence lawsuits filed in Oklahoma, addressing the following question. Do the number of medical negligence cases filed and the amount of subsequent lawsuit payouts indicate a need for tort reform in Oklahoma? First, the backdrop leading to the enactment of tort reform is set, followed by a presentation of a portion of Oklahoma's 2004 public hearings testimony regarding tort reform. Next, the availability of empirical data for Oklahoma is addressed. The results of the Oklahoma empirical study is provided, followed by a presentation of statistics regarding medical negligence payouts. Finally, the conclusions drawn from this empirical study are set forth, including the conclusion that Oklahoma should adopt a state-wide system whereby statistics regarding case filings are maintained.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 73
Keywords: Empirical, study, Oklahoma, medical negligence, Jury, verdict, amount, settlement amount
JEL Classification: K00, K1, K4Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 21, 2006
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