Malpractice lawsuits study by Professors Bill Sage and Charles Silver cited in the New York Times

A study cowritten by two Law School professors, William Sage and Charles Silver, “How Do the Elderly Fare in Medical Malpractice Litigation, Before and After Tort Reform? Evidence from Texas, 1988-2007,” was cited in a recent New York Times article about the effects of Texas’s tort reform laws on lawyers and patients. Sage and Silver’s article, which was also cowritten by Bernard S. Black and Myungho Paik, both of Northwestern University School of Law, and David A. Hyman of the University of Illinois College of Law, focuses on malpractice lawsuits involving senior citizens, including historical claim rates and payouts, and quantifies the impact of Texas’s 2003 tort reforms.  The study can be downloaded from the Social Science Research Network website.

Sage holds the James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence at the Law School and serves as vice provost for health affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Silver holds the Roy W. and Eugenia C. MacDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure at the Law School.

Contact: Laura Castro, UT Law Communications, 512-232-1229,

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