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Medical Malpractice Claims Declining, Says Insurer
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Data from 1,600 hospitals from 1997 through 2007 shows that medical malpractice claims are declining slightly and the average amount per claim has stabilized, reports Zurich, the hospital and healthcare provider insurer. The fifth annual benchmarking report on claims trends in the healthcare industry from Schaumburg, IL-based Zurich shows that claims severity—the average amount per claim —has stabilized. The average annual rise over the past 11 years is 4%.