The most comprehensive analysis of the risk of malpractice claims by physician specialty in more than two decades finds that U.S. physicians have a greater than 75% career-long risk of facing litigation. In some specialties, doctors can be virtually certain of a lawsuit over the course of their careers. Read More »
Following the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a set of controversial rules on whistleblower awards and protections, which RAND recently convened a symposium to discuss. Read More »
The residential insurance market along the U.S. Gulf Coast has not functioned well since the devastating 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Policymakers, deeply divided about how to improve the system, have been unable to build consensus for reform. Read More »
Asbestos bankruptcy trusts—created to compensate people injured by the mineral—may be influencing tort cases. The current way that the trusts and the tort cases are linked together may result in payments that are not consistent with the basic principles of the tort liability system. Read More »
In California's workers compensation system, the permanently disabled have historically displayed poor rates of return to work and high levels of lost earnings. Several large changes to the CA workers comp system over the last ten years may not have had the intended effect. Read More »
ICJ in the News
A selection of news reporting and commentary on RAND's Civil Justice research.
What should be the role of criminal law in controlling corporate behavior? Researchers measure the current use of criminal sanctions in controlling corporate behavior and offer suggestions about how doing so might be improved.
Corruption can hinder global business investment — particularly in emerging markets — but multinational companies often have difficulty assessing the business bribery risk in other countries. A new tool, called the TRACE Matrix, can help.
Malpractice reform has been advocated by many experts as a key to reining in health care costs. Three states raised the standard for malpractice in the emergency room to gross negligence, but that did not translate into less-expensive care.
Without TRIA in place, employers perceived to be at high risk for terrorism might have to obtain workers' compensation coverage in markets of last resort, known as residual markets, which could charge higher premiums.
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act will expire at the end of this year and Congress is considering the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets. In a terrorist attack with losses up to $50 billion, the federal government would spend more helping to cover losses than if it had continued to support a national terrorism risk insurance program.
The current terrorism risk insurance act will expire in 2014 and Congress again is considering the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets. If the act expires and the take-up rate for terrorism insurance falls, then the U.S. would be less resilient to future terrorist attacks.
An analysis of a national sample of malpractice claims from 1985 to 2010, merged with state liability reforms, showed caps on noneconomic damages, such as payments for pain and suffering or emotional distress, reduced average medical malpractice payments by approximately 15 percent.