Medical Malpractice Lawsuits and Malpractice Premiums

In response to a call from one doctor for medical malpractice reform in Montana, Thomas C. Bulma, a Missoula lawyer, points out the following facts:

  • Only one Montana dentist has been the subject of a lawsuit in Montana in the past 10 years. The dentist prevailed.
  • Only one podiatrist was sued. The podiatrist prevailed.
  • There have been 24 medical malpractice trials in Montana in the last 10 years. Ten years.
  • Plaintiffs in Montana have won 5 medical malpractice cases in the last 10 years.

Let’s play along and agree that medical malpractice premiums are going through the roof in Montana. We should place blame for this on medical malpractice lawyers? What exactly is a Montana dentist or podiatrist paying in malpractice premiums given the one lousy claim in the last ten years? Exactly how much of those premiums are “administrative costs” (which include profit)?

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