Ohioans aren't successfully suing their doctors at quite the same clip, according the figures released recently from the state. But this by no means indicates medical professionals are getting tidier on the job, just that Ohio's astringent tort-reform law is having the intended effect – making it more difficult for average folks to squeeze out just compensation for medical fuck-ups and fumbled judgment.
The law went on the books in 2003 after doctors and medical associations jangled the chain of the Ohio GOP about the rising cost of malpractice insurance. Among other red tape, the legislation put a cap on the dollar amount courts could award for “pain and suffering”: $500,000.
Now just under a decade since tort-reformed passed, the numbers indicate closed claims of malpractice dropped 41 percent between 2005 and 2010, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The numbers also indicate average payout for a successful claim has dropped 38 percent.