AMA reports that 90 percent of malpractice trials result in verdict for the doctor
In its Amednews.com, on August 17, 2010, the American Medical Association reported that fully ninety percent of jury trials against doctors result in a verdict for the doctor, despite the malpractice "reforms" that limit cases to those with demonstrable merit and a qualified expert witness for the alleged victim. The data the AMA relied on was collected in 2008 by a trade group consisting of physicians' insurers.
According to the AMA's numbers, about one in four claims was settled, five percent were resolved through alternate dispute mechanisms, and nearly 2/3 were dropped or dismissed without compensation. On average, physicians' insurers spent more than $100,000.00 per trial in defense costs.