Report: Medical malpractice claims against hospitals on the upswing

The frequency of professional liability claims against hospitals is on the upswing after about 10 years in a downward trend and is expected to continue increasing at 1% annually, according to a report by Aon Corp. and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. "Worsening economic conditions in 2008 may have influenced individuals to assert claims against hospital systems," the report's lead author said.

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