before Jan. 1, 1993. Those reports were examined in previous stories.
This analysis also did not cover 178 reports of cases filed over breast
implants. These cases were considered by the newspaper to be product
liability lawsuits, not claims of medical malpractice.
In all, the Gazette-Mail analyzed the results of 2,260 medical
malpractice complaints that were resolved over the last eight
Previously, West Virginia doctors and insurance companies were required
to file with the medical board all reports of medical malpractice
Legislature changed that law. Today, cases that were dismissed do not have
to be reported.