Is Philadelphia Really a Hellhole?

That may depend on who is answering the question. A recent report by the American Tort Reform Foundation listed Philadelphia as number one on its “Judicial Hellhole List.” Philadelphia earned that ranking by the American Tort Reform Foundation because plaintiff damage awards in Philadelphia are, sometimes, significantly larger than in other jurisdictions.

Not surprisingly, many Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers and Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys disagree with the Foundation’s characterization of Philadelphia as a hellhole. Instead of assuming that the damage awards are unfair, it is possible that the damages were provided because Philadelphia courts do a better job of handling complex litigation and providing fair relief to injured parties.

What do you think? If you were injured by medical malpractice in Pennsylvania, would you want your case heard in Philly?