Jeff Driver

Jeff Driver, CEO

On behalf The Risk Authority (TRA), we are pleased to present the 41st edition of the 2014 Medical Malpractice Trend Review, an annual retrospective study of significant hospital and medical professional liability verdict and settlement trends across the United States of America.


Since 2010, TRA has assumed support for this important work from the Medical Underwriters of California, who had previously sponsored the report. The Review has been authored and published annually since 1975 by Ron Neupauer, retired President of Medical Underwriters of California, which is the management company for Medical Insurance Exchange of California (MIEC), a physician-owned professional liability insurer.


Much of the information that has been developed and tracked over the span of almost four decades remains intact and is contained within the 2014 review. Historically, we have studied verdicts and settlements in California that exceed $1 million dollars. Last year, we continued the same study in California and expanded the scope to include verdicts and settlements across the nation that exceed $5 million dollars. In this 2014 review, we further expanded the scope to include an analysis of the most recent five years of California malpractice litigation trends by county.


In the coming year, we will be announcing, with Ron Neupauer, some exciting new enhancements to the 42nd edition of the Review that will enable even more insight into large loss malpractice cases in California and across the nation. We look forward to producing future editions of the Medical Malpractice Trend Review as part of The Risk Authority’s overall mission to care, educate and discover.


In the meantime, we welcome your comments and questions which can be sent to, and you can download a copy of the report here: 2014 Medical Malpractice Trend Review.


In partnership,

Jeff Driver, CEO

Jeff has more than 25 years of experience as a risk management professional and has managed the enterprise risk in community, tertiary, and academic medical centers. A frequent speaker and author on risk management issues, Jeff has expertise in incorporating and managing subsidiary insurance companies, assuring organization corporate compliance, claims and litigation management, patient safety and loss control, employment practices consulting, and the development, reorganization, and implementation of alternate risk financing programs.

Jeff currently serves as the chief executive officer of The Risk Authority, and as the chief risk officer of Stanford Health. Before joining Stanford, he was chief risk officer and director of regulatory advocacy at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.