The number of lawsuits filed against doctors in Pennsylvania rose by over 40 percent in that past year, according to the state Medical Board.

According to the Board, 7,725 Pennsylvania doctors were sued for alleged medical malpractice between May 22, 2002, when the state began requiring them to report all lawsuits against them and August 26, 2005. That figure average out to lawsuits being filed against more than six doctors sued each day for 39 months. The Board reviewed 4,678 of the cases, finding that only a very slight percentage, totaling 24 cases, warranted further investigation.

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