Med Mal Update

Whatever you’re doing, stop and read this 128 page medical malpractice briefing book from the Center for Justice & Democracy.

TL;DR? You can grab some of the highlights by taking a quiz instead! And of course, also reading these highlights:

  • Medical malpractice cases constitute only three percent of tort cases, even though…
  • Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America.
  • Diagnostic medical errors, which most people experience at least once in their life, are almost twice as likely to result in death compared to other medical errors.
  • In half of all surgical procedures, there is some sort of medication error or drug adverse event.
  • Few injured patients file claims or lawsuits, and when cases are filed, they are not “frivolous.”
  • Tort deforms prevent legitimate cases from being filed, keeping injured persons from seeking justice.

CJ&D Executive Director Joanne Doroshow said, “It is not easy for someone who has lost a leg, their eyesight or a child to continue hearing from medical lobbies that they – the few patients who file claims – are the problem, as opposed to the medical negligence that caused these tragedies. We have an enormous patient safety problem in this nation, and the last thing we should do is try to solve it by increasing the obstacles sick and injured patients face…”

As we always say, the best way to reduce malpractice litigation is to reduce malpractice itself.

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