The number of medical malpractice cases filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in the first week of the New Year has already surpassed the number of cases filed during the entire month of January 2022. Recent data collections show that between January 1, 2023 and January 6, 2023 there were 19 medical malpractice cases filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In comparison, there were 16 medical malpractice cases filed in the same court in all of January 2022.
Following the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to rescind the venue rule for medical malpractice cases in the Commonwealth, PCCJR warned lawmakers that there would likely be an increase in cases filed in high-verdict jurisdictions, of which Philadelphia is consistently rated one of the worst in the country. PCCJR will continue to closely monitor the filings and provide updates.