The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the 2018 Tennessee Health Care Liability Claims Report (“Report”). The 2018 Report was released in 2019 but contains data for 2017. The Report is required as a result of legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2004.
Some 1589 claims against Tennessee health care providers were closed in 2017. Of those, 1242 (78.6%) were claims closed other than as the result of judgment, settlement or ADR.
Some 33 claims (2.08%) were closed as a result of judgment, 8 of which were defense verdicts in prior years but affirmed on appeal in 2017. A total of 253 cases (15.92%) were settled, and another 61 (3.84%) were resolved via ADR. (Do not ask me why these numbers are kept separately or whether they are accurate.)