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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS IN NORTH CAROLINA 1998-2006

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers April 2007

In January 1998, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) began to compile data on all filings of medical malpractice lawsuits, and to record the date each case was resolved and whether the case went to trial. The North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers contacted

county clerk of court offices to compile information on all cases in the database that the AOC indicated had gone to trial through December 31, 2006. By checking Superior Court case files, the Academy determined the outcome of the trial and the amount of the verdict. The AOC data, supplemented by information from Superior Court files, provides a comprehensive picture of the incidence of malpractice lawsuits in North Carolina, the number and outcome of malpractice trials, and the size of jury awards. This report summarizes the key findings.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE FILINGS From 1998 through 2006, North Carolinians filed an average of 600 medical malpractice lawsuits per year ­ a small fraction of the number of North Carolina patients harmed each year by medical mistakes (Table 1). From 1998 through 2006, the number of all civil case filings in North Carolina averaged 215,357 per year. The medical malpractice filings accounted for 0.3% of all civil cases. In 2006, North Carolinians filed 510 malpractice lawsuits ­an 11% decrease from 2005, and a 21% decrease from 2004. While the number of malpractice suits has declined, the growth in the physician population in North Carolina continues to outpace the growth in total population. Between 1998 and 2005 (the last year with complete data), the total population in North Carolina grew by 11%, while the physician population increased by 18.2% (Table 2). MEDICAL MALPRACTICE TRIALS Of the 5,401 malpractice cases filed since 1998, 86% (4,645) had been resolved by January 1, 2007. Four percent (169) of the resolved cases went to verdict. The other 96% were settled, dismissed before or during trial, or otherwise resolved. Of the 169 cases that went to verdict, the plaintiff won 36 times ­ a 21% success rate. In the other 133 trials, the health care provider obtained a defense verdict. (Table 3) (by date of disposition); (Table 4) (by county)

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VERDICTS In the 36 malpractice cases in which the plaintiff won at trial and obtained a verdict on damages, the median jury award was $301,300.

TABLE 1 MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE FILINGS IN NORTH CAROLINA, 1998-2006

Civil Filings ­ Superior and District Courts 200,121 203,017 215,657 219,997 216,790 212,728 217,649 218,166 234,101 1,938,226 Medical Malpractice Percentage of All Civil Filings Filings 556 0.28% 587 0.29% 627 0.29% 679 0.31% 611 0.28% 646 0.30% 617 0.28% 568 0.26% 510 0.22% 5,401 0.28%

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Total

Source: North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts

TABLE 2 GROWTH IN TOTAL POPULATION AND GROWTH IN PHYSICIAN POPULATION IN NORTH CAROLINA, 1998-2005

Year Total Population % Change from Previous Year N/A 1.8% 1.4% 1.7% 1.8% 1.8% 0.9% 1.2% 10.7% Total Physician Population 15,135 15,470 15,925 16,392 16,769 17,090 17,349 17,895 2,760 % Change from Previous Year N/A 2.21% 2.94% 2.93% 2.29% 1.91% 1.51% 3.15% 18.2% # Physicians Per 10,000 Population 19.4 19.5 19.8 20.0 20.1 20.1 20.3 20.7 +1.3

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total Increase 1998-2005

7,797,501 7,938,062 8,049,313 8,187,855 8,336,829 8,485,802 8,562,210 8,663,674 866,173

Source: NC Health Professions Data System, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-Chapel Hill

TABLE 3

RESULTS OF TRIALS TO VERDICT OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES FILED IN NORTH CAROLINA SINCE JANUARY 1, 1998, BY DATE OF DISPOSITION

Case Name Bath v. Gihwala Harris v. Dunn Zelch v. Fleming O'Connor v. Mathews Flowers v. Horner Gregorino v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Haynes v. Odell Lynch v. Nalle Clinic Co. Person v. Sturgis Blackburn v. Wilkes Regional Medical Ctr. Liborio v. King Gillespie v. Tolhurst Stress v. Ogron Gibson v. Heath Teal v. Theofrastous Herbert v. Chappell Johansen v. Reames Coffman v. Roberson Roberson v. Cannon Frye v. Frye Regional Medical Center Dendy v. Sutton Crotts v. Robinson/Davie Healthcare Sessoms v. Gaskins * Barnes v. Daly Evans v. Rutherford Hospital, Inc. Smith v. Carolina Manor Treatment Ctr. Suarez v. Wotring Case Number 1998CVS000285 1998CVS000572 1998CVS000041 1998CVS003637 1998CVS008003 1998CVS009367 1998CVS000286 1998CVS007686 1998CVS000190 1998CVS000383 1998CVS000677 1998CVS001097 1998CVS000121 1999CVS002702 1999CVS001116 1998CVS001126 1998CVS018331 1998CVS001264 1998CVS000043 1998CVS002692 1998CVS005136 1999CVS003945 1999CVS008814 1999CVS009225 1999CVS000804 1999CVS001749 1998CVS003189 County Cleveland Craven Watauga Guilford Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Cleveland Mecklenburg Pitt Wilkes New Hanover Cleveland Buncombe Forsyth Buncombe Orange Mecklenburg Columbus Martin Catawba Gaston Forsyth Cumberland Mecklenburg Rutherford Robeson Catawba Case Disposition Date 1999-04-28 1999-05-05 1999-06-24 1999-08-16 1999-09-01 1999-09-09 1999-12-17 2000-03-21 2000-04-17 2000-05-05 2000-05-23 2000-06-06 2000-06-14 2000-06-14 2000-06-20 2000-09-11 2000-09-13 2000-10-24 2000-11-09 2000-11-13 2000-12-18 2001-01-05 2001-01-17 2001-02-19 2001-03-02 2001-03-13 2001-03-27 Result Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Defense Amount of Verdict

160,000

1 650,000 164,000

250,000 5,750 592,950 302,600 4,500,000 8,100,000 300,000

Clark v. Savidge Cruz-Segarra v. Presbyterian Hospital Hudson v. Zeidan Constantino v. Cuellar Johnson v. Cates Taylor v. King Group, Inc. McLeod v. Coastal Physician Services Batchelor v. Boyette Talton v. Maxwell Ford v. Tucker Smith v. Stagg Graham v. Nerney North v. New Hanover Regional Medical Ctr. Jackson v. Garcia Foster v. Gerrard Collins v. Rodden** Barham v. Hawk McCourry v. Humble Roberson v. Mountain Radiation Stroud v. Boyd Middleton v. Eruchalu Meraz v. Price Livingston v. Blackwell Dixon v. Vance Wilson v. McDougal Cockrell v. Lemaire Freet v. Hicks Hoffman v. Watauga Medical Ctr. Willie v. Esposito Knight v. Temple Tutherow v. Kessel Remesi v. Bessent Parker v. Demir Pitts v. Nash Day Hospital Gill v. Benson

1999CVS001284 1999CVS008065 1998CVS001318 2000CVS000151 2000CVS001162 1999CVS001958 2000CVS003904 1999CVS001395 1998CVS001067 1999CVS003239 2000CVS002539 1999CVS000026 2000CVS000432 2000CVS001632 2000CVS001318 1999CVS000580 2001CVS000072 2000CVS001531 1999CVS001024 2000CVS001307 2000CVS009003 1999CVS002177 2000CVS001753 2000CVS001687 1998CVS001224 2000CVS001190 2000CVS012476 2000CVS000633 2001CVS003854 1999CVS001358 2000CVS003562 2000CVS005449 1999CVS000700 2001CVS000066 2001CVS023625

Brunswick Mecklenburg Richmond Yancey Gaston Durham Cumberland Nash Henderson Mecklenburg Forsyth Cherokee New Hanover Wayne Catawba Jackson Polk Buncombe Buncombe Johnston Mecklenburg Catawba Wilkes Guilford Catawba Wilson Mecklenburg Watauga New Hanover Edgecombe Catawba Mecklenburg Jackson Nash Mecklenburg

2001-05-07 2001-05-23 2001-07-11 2001-08-15 2001-08-29 2001-09-17 2001-09-18 2001-10-02 2001-10-03 2001-10-09 2001-10-18 2001-10-22 2001-10-22 2001-10-30 2001-12-20 2002-02-01 2002-03-21 2002-03-26 2002-04-01 2002-04-11 2002-04-19 2002-04-29 2002-05-14 2002-05-20 2002-06-05 2002-06-11 2002-07-08 2002-07-26 2002-09-09 2002-09-12 2002-09-26 2002-09-30 2002-10-08 2002-12-16 2003-01-14

Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense

80,500

---

125,000

841,500

Finley v. Kittner Mancour v. Durham Emergency Phys., PA Jester v. McCummiff Ledford v. Reilly Sellars v. Wilmington Health Associates Whittington v. Vyas and Eastern Carolina Medical Center Salisbury v. Summers Hoke v. NC Health Care Archdale Mitchell v. Scotland Health Care Systems Sutphins v. Hardigree Bridges v. Stowe Anderson v. Selden Chaffin v. North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc. Howie v. Walsh Skinner v. Furman* Furr v. Lee Matthews v. Forsyth County Thomas v. Wake Med Spell v. Longenecker Youngblood v. Lamboy Strickland v. Menachem Huggins v. Thom Miller v. Forsyth Memorial Hospital d/b/a Piedmont Medical Specialists Spain v. Pitt Memorial Hospital Wilmoth v. Bolling Carducci v. Hardcastle Newcome v. Towarnicky Stull v. Wayne Memorial Hospital Taylor v. Whiewell Cutter v. Schupner Thomas v. Chandler Morgan v. Steiner Wilson v. Novik

2001CVS001418 2000CVS000503 2000CVS000820 2001CVS002531 2000CVS004122 2001CVS002440 2001CVS000989 2001CVS002510 2001CVS000401 2000CVS002566 2001CVS002628 2000CVS014762 2002CVS001899 2000CVS013037 2001CVS000542 1999CVS001945 2001CVS009857 2001CVS001177 2001CVS009221 2001CVS000579 2000CVS000891 2002CVS003580 2002CVS005141 2000CVS000393 2002CVS005087 2001CVS004238 2000CVS002016 2001CVS001944 2002CVS000116 2001CVS002678 2000CVS008518 2001CVS001413 2001CVS012783

Buncombe Durham Yadkin Buncombe New Hanover Johnston Moore Randolph Scotland Gaston Mecklenburg Wake Forsyth Mecklenburg Watauga Cabarrus Forsyth Johnston Guilford Cherokee Columbus Cumberland Forsyth Pitt Forsyth Guilford Craven Wayne Wilson Wayne Mecklenburg Richmond Mecklenburg

2003-01-24 2003-02-11 2003-03-06 2003-03-13 2003-03-17 2003-04-03 2003-04-21 2003-05-05 2003-06-13 2003-06-17 2003-06-30 2003-06-30 2003-07-03 2003-07-17 2003-07-18 2003-07-31 2003-08-05 2003-08-11 2003-08-21 2003-08-22 2003-08-25 2003-10-02 2003-10-06 2003-10-29 2003-11-07 2003-11-07 2003-11-10 2003-11-10 2003-11-12 2003-11-17 2004-02-19 2004-03-02 2004-03-24

Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense

600,000 56,000

875,000 300,000

176,000

500,000

2,375,000

750,000

Young v. Graystone Fincannon v. Lovin Gray v. Gammon Johnson v. Jain Alston v. Britthaven Tingle v. Paul Price v. Brenton Cramer v. Fritz Boykin v. Kim *** Henson v. Andrews Tremble v. Kennerly Pons v. Miller Phillips v. Pastelas Carter v. Taiwo Stafford v. Holt Nelson v. Hunt Elledge v. Bryan Spence v. Lipsed Squires v. Sandland Chamberlain v. Sherard Schoolfield v. Jenkins Stafford v. Knutson Hogsed v. Pikus Parker v. Gardner Simmons v. Britthaven, Inc. Buchanan v. Sales McGwinn v. Arendale & Asheville Radiology Hutchens v. Stambaugh Coffee v. Alamance Regional Medical Ctr. Jones v. Cathcard McKinney v. Croom Powell v. Quigley Ingalls v. Wilson Reynolds v. Taavoni May v. Armstrong

2002CVS002990 2000CVS001655 2002CVS000075 2002CVS003468 2001CVS000724 2001CVS002467 2001CVS002565 2002CVS000140 2003CVS001081 2002CVS018098 2002CVS000571 2002CVS000202 2001CVS002228 2002CVS000444 2003CVS000156 2002CVS001350 2001CVS000817 2003CVS000536 2001CVS000964 2003CVS000485 2003CVS000868 2002CVS000636 2002CVS004392 2002CVS002949 2003CVS001765 2002CVS003817 2002CVS003960 2001CVS003559 2003CVS001152 2003CVS000928 2002CVS000759 2002CVS016253 2001CVS000401 2002CVS013311 2002CVS017416

Catawba Catawba Cleveland Wake Franklin Craven Wayne Moore Cumberland Mecklenburg Buncombe Burke Onslow Martin Chatham Caldwell Surry Cherokee Columbus Lenoir Rockingham Wayne Buncombe Gaston Johnston Gaston Buncombe Davidson Alamance Vance McDowell Wake Orange Wake Mecklenburg

2004-04-13 2004-04-21 2004-05-10 2004-05-11 2004-05-14 2004-05-17 2004-05-24 2004-06-02 2004-06-03 2004-06-22 2004-06-24 2004-07-01 2004-08-18 2004-09-03 2004-09-08 2004-09-20 2004-09-21 2004-10-14 2004-10-15 2004-10-26 2004-11-24 2004-12-02 2004-12-14 2004-12-29 2005-02-11 2005-02-24 2005-03-15 2005-03-18 2005-05-02 2005-05-06 2005-05-10 2005-05-10 2005-05-19 2005-06-01 2005-06-16

Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense

800,000 865,000

2,000,000 225,000

427,500

140,000

290,000

Lambeth v. Edrington Pogue v. Sinning Starling v. Kleinsteuber & Smokey Mtn. Healthcare Assoc. Davis v. Pedraza DeVos v. Prividence Obstetrics & Gynecology, et al. Passmore v. Gaccione Strong v. Carolinas Medical Center Donato v. Bruch Yorke, Jr. v. McCaskill-Gainey Reid v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority Hughes v. Rivera-Ortiz Matthews v. Moss O'Mara v. Wake Forest Univ. Health Sciences Craft v. Atkins Stokes v. HP/Reidsville, Inc.**** Lee v. Richardson Harvey v. McLaughlin Gurganus v. Bogey, Jr. Heiser v. Ross, MD Cestrone v. Gill Morton v. Roberts White v. Younkin, MD Squires v. Harmond, MD Simmons v. Gaston Memorial Hospital, Inc. Kless v. Murray, MD Segars v. New Hanover Regional Medical Center Kellum v. Koutlas Dawkins v. Foundation Health Systems Corp. Thomas v. Sweet Edlein v. Floyd, DDS PA Scott v. Albright Phillips v. Rhoton, MD & Mountain Neurological Center

2003CVS002379 2001CVS002310 2002CVS000293 2003CVS000272 2002CVS023006 2002CVS001170 2003CVS019314 2003CVS001640 2004CVS004099 2004CVS000805 2004CVS001408 2003CVS000345 2004CVS000298 2002CVS003166 2003CVS011836 2003CVS000328 2000CVS001591 2004CVS000047 2003CVS000335 2002CVS020402 2003CVS003855 2004CVS006291 2004CVS001803 2003CVS002784 2005CVS000646 2004CVS002034 2002CVS004021 2005CVS003142 2003CVS012406 2004CVS015972 2003CVS016111 2005CVS000868

Wake Craven Macon Wayne Mecklenburg Davidson Mecklenburg Durham Forsyth Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Sampson Yadkin Wayne Guilford Bertie Lenoir Martin Jackson Mecklenburg Buncombe Guilford Wake Gaston Durham New Hanover Onslow Forsyth Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Wake Buncombe

2005-07-06 2005-07-08 2005-07-14 2005-07-18 2005-08-04 2005-08-08 2005-08-17 2005-10-12 2005-10-19 2005-10-25 2005-10-31 2005-11-10 2005-11-30 2005-12-15 2005-12-19 2005-12-28 2006-02-27 2006-03-01 2006-03-13 2006-03-13 2006-03-27 2006-03-30 2006-04-11 2006-04-13 2006-06-02 2006-07-20 2006-08-02 2006-08-07 2006-08-31 2006-09-05 2006-10-09 2006-10-27

Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense

1

25,000 1,000,000 1,300,000

Greene v. Hoesktrea, MD Scott v. Carter, MD Halsall v. Walker, Capps, Bowman & Capps, Bowman & Associates Rush v. Mondi, MD Carter v. Whispering Pines Nursing and Rehab. Center Estate of Pruitt v. Recker, et al. McLaurin v. Stanly Memorial Hospital

2002CVS000324 2005CVS004707 2003CVS002961 2005CVS001046 2004CVS015358 2003CVS002730 2004CVS001535

Transylvania Cumberland Pitt Moore Mecklenburg Robeson Stanly

2006-10-27 2006-11-15 2006-11-17 2006-11-28 2006-12-11 2006-12-15 2006-12-27

Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense

6,000

1,500,000

*Sessoms v. Gaskins (Cumberland County, 1999 CVS 8814) and Skinner v. Furman (Watauga County, 2001 CVS 542) are erroneously categorized in the AOC database as "negligence-other." **In Collins v. Rodden (Jackson County, 1999 CVS 580), the trial was bifurcated on liability and damages. The case settled for a confidential amount after a jury verdict for the plaintiff on liability. *** In Boykin v. Kim (Cumberland County, 2003 CVS 001081) a settlement with another party resulted in the defendant having to pay only $500,000 of the $2,000,000 verdict. ****Stokes v. HP/Reidsville, Inc. (Guilford County, 2003 CVS 011836): This nursing home case was not coded as a medical malpractice case by the AOC, even though the complaint included malpractice allegations.

TABLE 4 RESULTS OF TRIALS TO VERDICT OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES FILED IN NORTH CAROLINA SINCE JANUARY 1, 1998, BY COUNTY

Case Name Coffee v. Alamance Regional Medical Ctr. Lee v. Richardson Clark v. Savidge Stress v. Ogron Roberson v. Mountain Radiation Teal v. Theofrastous McCourry v. Humble Finley v. Kittner Ledford v. Reilly Tremble v. Kennerly McGwinn v. Arendale & Asheville Radiology Hogsed v. Pikus Morton v. Roberts Phillips v. Rhoton, MD & Mountain Neurological Center Pons v. Miller Furr v. Lee Nelson v. Hunt Wilson v. McDougal Frye v. Frye Regional Medical Center Suarez v. Wotring Meraz v. Price Foster v. Gerrard Fincannon v. Lovin Tutherow v. Kessel Young v. Graystone Stafford v. Holt Graham v. Nerney Case Number 2003CVS001152 2003CVS000328 1999CVS001284 1998CVS000121 1999CVS001024 1999CVS001116 2000CVS001531 2001CVS001418 2001CVS002531 2002CVS000571 2002CVS003960 2002CVS004392 2003CVS003855 2005CVS000868 2002CVS000202 1999CVS001945 2002CVS001350 1998CVS001224 1998CVS002692 1998CVS003189 1999CVS002177 2000CVS001318 2000CVS001655 2000CVS003562 2002CVS002990 2003CVS000156 1999CVS000026 County Alamance Bertie Brunswick Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Buncombe Burke Cabarrus Caldwell Catawba Catawba Catawba Catawba Catawba Catawba Catawba Catawba Chatham Cherokee Case Disposition Date 2005-05-02 2005-12-28 2001-05-07 2000-06-14 2002-04-01 2000-06-20 2002-03-26 2003-01-24 2003-03-13 2004-06-24 2005-03-15 2004-12-14 2006-03-27 2006-10-27 2004-07-01 2003-07-31 2004-09-20 2002-06-05 2000-11-13 2001-03-27 2002-04-29 2001-12-20 2004-04-21 2002-09-26 2004-04-13 2004-09-08 2001-10-22 Result Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Amount of Verdict

125,000

592,950

800,000

Youngblood v. Lamboy Spence v. Lipsed Bath v. Gihwala Haynes v. Odell Gillespie v. Tolhurst Gray v. Gammon Coffman v. Roberson Strickland v. Menachem Squires v. Sandland Harris v. Dunn Newcome v. Towarnicky Pogue v. Sinning Tingle v. Paul Sessoms v. Gaskins * McLeod v. Coastal Physician Services Huggins v. Thom Boykin v. Kim *** Scott v. Carter, MD Hutchens v. Stambaugh Passmore v. Gaccione Taylor v. King Group, Inc. Mancour v. Durham Emergency Physicians, PA Donato v. Bruch Kelss v. Murray, MD Knight v. Temple Gibson v. Heath Crotts v. Robinson/Davie Healthcare Smith v. Stagg Matthews v. Forsyth County Chaffin v. NC Baptist Hospitals, Inc. Wilmoth v. Bolling Miller v. Forsyth Memorial Hospital d/b/a Piedmont Medical Specialists Yorke, Jr. v. McCaskill-Gainey Dawkins v. Foundation Health Systems Corp.

2001CVS000579 2003CVS000536 1998CVS000285 1998CVS000286 1998CVS001097 2002CVS000075 1998CVS001264 2000CVS000891 2001CVS000964 1998CVS000572 2000CVS002016 2001CVS002310 2001CVS002467 1999CVS008814 2000CVS003904 2002CVS003580 2003CVS001081 2005CVS004707 2001CVS003559 2002CVS001170 1999CVS001958 2000CVS000503 2003CVS001640 2005CVS000646 1999CVS001358 1999CVS002702 1999CVS003945 2000CVS002539 2001CVS009857 2002CVS001899 2002CVS005087 2002CVS005141 2004CVS004099 2005CVS003142

Cherokee Cherokee Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland Columbus Columbus Columbus Craven Craven Craven Craven Cumberland Cumberland Cumberland Cumberland Cumberland Davidson Davidson Durham Durham Durham Durham Edgecombe Forsyth Forsyth Forsyth Forsyth Forsyth Forsyth Forsyth Forsyth Forsyth

2003-08-22 2004-10-14 1999-04-28 1999-12-17 2000-06-06 2004-05-10 2000-10-24 2003-08-25 2004-10-15 1999-05-05 2003-11-10 2005-07-08 2004-05-17 2001-01-17 2001-09-18 2003-10-02 2004-06-03 2006-11-15 2005-03-18 2005-08-08 2001-09-17 2003-02-11 2005-10-12 2006-06-02 2002-09-12 2000-06-14 2001-01-05 2001-10-18 2003-08-05 2003-07-03 2003-11-07 2003-10-06 2005-10-19 2006-08-07

Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff

650,000 865,000 250,000

4,500,000 500,000 2,000,000

302,600

875,000

1,000,000

Alston v. Britthaven Dendy v. Sutton Johnson v. Cates Sutphins v. Hardigree Parker v. Gardner Buchanan v. Sales Simmons v. Gaston Memorial Hospital, Inc. O'Connor v. Mathews Dixon v. Vance Carducci v. Hardcastle Spell v. Longenecker Stokes v. HP/Reidsville, Inc.**** White v. Younkin, MD Talton v. Maxwell Parker v. Demir Collins v. Rodden** Heiser v. Ross, MD Stroud v. Boyd Thomas v. Wake Med Whittington v. Vyas and Eastern Carolina Medical Center Simmons v. Britthaven, Inc. Chamberlain v. Sherard Harvey v. McLaughlin Starling v. Kleinsteuber & Smokey Mtn. Healthcare Assoc. Roberson v. Cannon Carter v. Taiwo Garganus v. Bogey, Jr. McKinney v. Croom Lynch v. Nalle Clinic Co. Flowers v. Horner Gregorino v. Char.-Mecklenburg Hospital Johansen v. Reames Ford v. Tucker

2001CVS000724 1998CVS005136 2000CVS001162 2000CVS002566 2002CVS002949 2002CVS003817 2003CVS002784 1998CVS003637 2000CVS001687 2001CVS004238 2001CVS009221 2003CVS011836 2004CVS006291 1998CVS001067 1999CVS000700 2000CVS000580 2003CVS000335 2000CVS001307 2001CVS001177 2001CVS002440 2003CVS001765 2003CVS000485 2000CVS001591 2002CVS000293 1998CVS000043 2002CVS000444 2004CVS000047 2002CVS000759 1998CVS007686 1998CVS008003 1998CVS009367 1998CVS018331 1999CVS003239

Franklin Gaston Gaston Gaston Gaston Gaston Gaston Guilford Guilford Guilford Guilford Guilford Guilford Henderson Jackson Jackson Jackson Johnston Johnston Johnston Johnston Lenoir Lenoir Macon Martin Martin Martin McDowell Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg

2004-05-14 2000-12-18 2001-08-29 2003-06-17 2004-12-29 2005-02-24 2006-04-13 1999-08-16 2002-05-20 2003-11-07 2003-08-21 2005-12-19 2006-03-30 2001-10-03 2002-10-18 2002-02-01 2006-03-13 2002-04-11 2003-08-11 2003-04-03 2005-02-11 2004-10-26 2006-02-27 2005-07-14 2000-11-09 2004-09-03 2006-03-01 2005-05-10 2000-03-21 1999-09-01 1999-09-09 2000-09-13 2001-10-09

Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense

176,000

---

140,000

5,750 427,500 290,000 164,000 1

Cruz-Segarra v. Presbyterian Hospital Barnes v. Daly Remesi v. Bessent Thomas v. Chandler Middleton v. Eruchalu Freet v. Hicks Howie v. Walsh Bridges v. Stowe Wilson v. Novik Gill v. Benson May v. Armstrong DeVos v. Providence Obstetrics & Gynecology, et al. Henson v. Andrews Strong v. Carolinas Medical Center Reid v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority Hughes v. Rivera-Ortiz Cestrone v. Gill Thomas v. Sweet Edlein v. Floyd DDS PA Carter v. Whispering Pines Nursing and Rehab. Center Salisbury v. Summers Cramer v. Fritz Rush v. Mondi, MD Batchelor v. Boyette Pitts v. Nash Day Hospital Liborio v. King North v. New Hanover Regional Medical Ctr. Sellars v. Wilmington Health Associates Willie v. Esposito Segars v. New Hanover Regional Medical Center Phillips v. Pastelas Kellum v. Koutlas Herbert v. Chappell

1999CVS008065 1999CVS009225 2000CVS005449 2000CVS008518 2000CVS009003 2000CVS012476 2000CVS013037 2001CVS002628 2001CVS012783 2001CVS023625 2002CVS017416 2002CVS023006 2002CVS018098 2003CVS019314 2004CVS000805 2004CVS001408 2002CVS020402 2003CVS012406 2004CVS015972 2004CVS015358 2001CVS000989 2002CVS000140 2005CVS001046 1999CVS001395 2001CVS000066 1998CVS000677 2000CVS000432 2000CVS004122 2001CVS003854 2004CVS002034 2001CVS002228 2002CVS004021 1998CVS001126

Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Mecklenburg Moore Moore Moore Nash Nash New Hanover New Hanover New Hanover New Hanover New Hanover Onslow Onslow Orange

2001-05-23 2001-02-19 2002-09-30 2004-02-19 2002-04-19 2002-07-18 2003-07-17 2003-06-30 2004-03-24 2003-01-14 2005-06-16 2005-08-04 2004-06-22 2005-08-17 2005-10-25 2005-10-31 2006-03-13 2006-08-31 2006-09-05 2006-12-11 2003-04-21 2004-06-02 2006-11-28 2001-10-02 2002-12-16 2000-05-23 2001-10-22 2003-03-17 2002-09-09 2006-07-20 2004-08-18 2006-08-02 2000-09-11

Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense

8,100,000

300,000

225,000

1 1,300,000

25,000

Ingalls v. Wilson Person v. Sturgis Spain v. Pitt Memorial Hospital Halsall v. Walker, Capps, Bowman & Capps Barham v. Hawk Hoke v. NC Health Care Archdale Hudson v. Zeidan Morgan v. Steiner Smith v. Carolina Manor Treatment Ctr. Estate of Pruitt v. Recker et al. Schoolfield v. Jenkins Evans v. Rutherford Hospital, Inc. Matthews v. Moss Mitchell v. Scotland Health Care Systems McLaurin v. Stanly Memorial Hospital Elledge v. Bryan Greene v. Hoesktrea, MD Jones v. Cathcart Anderson v. Selden Johnson v. Jain Powell v. Quigley Reynolds v. Taavoni Lambeth v. Edrington Squires v. Harmond, MD Scott v. Albright Zelch v. Fleming Hoffman v. Watauga Medical Ctr. Skinner v. Furman* Jackson v. Garcia Stull v. Wayne Memorial Hospital Price v. Brenton Cutter v. Schupner Stafford v. Knutson Craft v. Atkins Davis v. Pedraza

2001CVS000401 1998CVS000190 2000CVS000393 2003CVS002961 2001CVS000072 2001CVS002510 1998CVS001318 2001CVS001413 1999CVS001749 2003CVS002730 2003CVS000868 1999CVS000804 2003CVS000345 2001CVS000401 2002CVS000324 2001CVS000817 2002CVS000324 2003CVS000928 2000CVS014762 2002CVS003468 2002CVS016253 2002CVS013311 2003CVS002379 2004CVS001803 2003CVS016111 1998CVS000041 2000CVS000633 2001CVS000542 2000CVS001632 2001CVS001944 2001CVS002565 2001CVS002678 2002CVS000636 2002CVS003166 2003CVS000272

Orange Pitt Pitt Pitt Polk Randolph Richmond Richmond Robeson Robeson Rockingham Rutherford Sampson Scotland Stanly Surry Transylvania Vance Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Watauga Watauga Watauga Wayne Wayne Wayne Wayne Wayne Wayne Wayne

2005-05-19 2000-04-17 2003-10-29 2006-11-17 2002-03-21 2003-05-05 2001-07-11 2004-03-02 2001-03-13 2006-12-15 2004-11-24 2001-03-02 2005-11-10 2003-06-13 2006-12-27 2004-09-21 2006-10-27 2005-05-06 2003-06-30 2004-05-11 2005-05-10 2005-06-01 2005-07-06 2006-04-11 2006-10-09 1999-06-24 2002-07-26 2003-07-18 2001-10-30 2003-11-10 2004-05-24 2003-11-17 2004-12-02 2005-12-15 2005-07-18

Defense Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Plaintiff Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense

2,375,000 6,000 600,000 80,500 300,000 1,500,000

56,000

160,000

750,000

Blackburn v. Wilkes Regional Medical Ctr. Livingston v. Blackwell Cockrell v. Lemaire Taylor v. Whiewell Jester v. McCummiff O'Mara v. Wake Forest Univ. Health Sciences Constantino v. Cuellar

1998CVS000383 2000CVS001753 2000CVS001190 2002CVS000116 2000CVS000820 2004CVS000298 2000CVS000151

Wilkes Wilkes Wilson Wilson Yadkin Yadkin Yancey

2000-05-05 2002-05-14 2002-06-11 2003-11-12 2003-03-06 2005-11-30 2001-08-15

Defense Plaintiff Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense

841,500

*Sessoms v. Gaskins (Cumberland County, 1999 CVS 8814) and Skinner v. Furman (Watauga County, 2001 CVS 542) are erroneously categorized in the AOC database as "negligence-other." **In Collins v. Rodden (Jackson County, 1999 CVS 580), the trial was bifurcated on liability and damages. The case settled for a confidential amount after a jury verdict for the plaintiff on liability. *** In Boykin v. Kim (Cumberland County, 2003 CVS 001081) a settlement with another party resulted in the defendant having to pay only $500,000 of the $2,000,000 verdict. ****Stokes v. HP/Reidsville, Inc. (Guilford County, 2003 CVS 011836): This nursing home case was not coded as a medical malpractice case by the AOC, even though the complaint included malpractice allegations.

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