The West Virginia Medical Association and other Mountain State
doctors are complaining that increased numbers of medical
malpractice lawsuits and higher malpractice insurance
premiums are creating a health-care crisis in the state.
To examine these allegations, the Sunday-Gazette Mail reviewed
thousands of pages of malpractice reports filed with the state
Board of Medicine.
About 3,000 of these reports, filed between Jan. 1, 1993, and Dec. 31,
2000, were entered into a computer database. The medical board provided
paper copies of the reports in nine, 3-inch-thick binders.
The analysis in this series was based on a smaller set of those
This series did not consider 836 reports from cases that were resolved