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Review of Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums, 26 Years, By State

A group of interdisciplinary scholars (from Northwestern, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Wisconsin) a have recently collected, refined, and published a 26-year dataset of medical liability insurance premiums on SSRN.  Medical Liability Insurance Premia 1990-2015: Dataset, Literature Review, and Summary Information.  This paper, and its accompanying Appendix, Codebook, Dataset, and Code are available for download for free. 

The researchers, led by Bernard Black of the Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management, state in the abstract that "We hope that the availability of this cleaned dataset will prompt further research on the effects of med mal premiums on provider behavior."  I have no doubt that it will.  Just looking at the data (and articles cited within), it appears to be a great resource for scholars, lawyers, think-tanks, and legislators when considering issues of medical liability insurance, insurance rates across states, and the impact of tort reform (specifically, statutory caps on economic damages) on liability insurance premiums. 

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Jonathan Reich, Complex Commercial and Business Litigator, Womble Carlyle Law firm

Jonathan Reid Reich is a young litigator with a broad range of experience.  He has represented clients in all stages of litigation; including trial by jury and appeals. He was counsel of record in two recent cases which have been recognized among the most important insurance cases in North Carolina in 2014.

Jonathan's diverse litigation practice ranges from complex commercial and business litigation involving fraud and unfair business practices to defending products liability, wrongful death, and catastrophic personal injury cases.  His...