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NU Online News Service, May 10, 4:24 p.m. EDT–A study of medical malpractice in Illinois conducted by a Duke University law professor finds that the tort system is not the cause for dramatic increases in doctors’ malpractice insurance premiums.

Professor Neil Vidmar was commissioned by the Illinois State Bar Association to analyze all available data to determine whether medical malpractice claims and jury awards had increased in recent years. The study looked especially at cases in Cook, DuPage, Madison and St. Clair counties, and covered the period 1992-2005.

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