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Mandatory Arbitration and Civil Litigation: An Empirical Study of Medical Malpractice Litigation in the West

  • Albert Yoon
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    This article looks at the effect that pretrial, statutorily required screening panels in Nevada have had on medical malpractice litigation. I use two unique data sets on litigation in Nevada and neighboring states from 1983--88, during which the Nevada legislature enacted screening panels. Applying time-series and difference-in-difference analyses, I show that observed decreases in Nevada with respect to damage awards, attorney's fees, and duration in litigation reflected a broader secular trend. The panels did, however, reduce the relative probability of claims requiring resolution by the Nevada courts. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal American Law and Economics Review.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 95-134

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:amlawe:v:6:y:2004:i:1:p:95-134
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