Tort costs in the United States reached a record $246 billion in 2003, approximately $845 per person, according to U.S. Tort Costs: 2004 Update, a recent report from Tillinghast Towers Perrin.

This figure represents a 5.4 percent increase in tort costs from 2002, a much slower growth rate than the prior two years. In 2002, tort costs rose 13.4 percent increase, while 2001 saw a 14.7 percent increase.

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