Medical Malpractice Claims Down In Ohio

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A new report says medical malpractice claims in Ohio hit a new low in 2012.

The annual Ohio Medical Professional Liability Closed Claim Report from the Ohio Department of Insurance showed 2,733 claims in 2012, which is the last year for which the numbers were available. The vast majority resulted in no payment.

The report says a total of $177.3 million was paid to 576 claimants, an average of $307,852 apiece, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Claims against surgeons, general-practice physicians and other medical personnel have declined since the state adopted tort-reform laws in 2003. The 2012 numbers were the lowest since the state began tracking claims in 2005, when there were 5,051.

Nearly four out of five claims resulted in no malpractice payment.