Medical Negligence Lawsuits in Oklahoma: An Empirical Study

73 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 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.

Keywords: Empirical, study, Oklahoma, medical negligence, Jury, verdict, amount, settlement amount

JEL Classification: K00, K1, K4

Suggested Citation

Jones, Chris D., Medical Negligence Lawsuits in Oklahoma: An Empirical Study. Oklahoma City University Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2006, Available at SSRN:

Chris D. Jones (Contact Author)

Jones Law, PLLC ( email )

311 W. Evergreen St.
Durant, OK 74701
United States


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