Saturday, March 12, 2011

Medical Malpractice Reform

An increasingly common point of view is that medical malpractice claims are frivolous lawsuits that tarnish the reputation of doctors and contribute to the cost of medical care. 

In previous posts, I have tried to supply support for arguments that medical malpractice cases are not frivolous lawsuits.  Medical malpractice cases are viewed with a higher level of gravity than many other types of cases because of the complexity, expense and difficulty in even helping an individual who has been injured because of the negligence of a doctor.  Medical malpractice attorneys do not file frivolous lawsuits.  They cannot afford to. 

The Institute of Medicine estimates that there are between 44,000 and 98,000 American deaths each year because of "preventable medical errors,"  and it is highly likely that these numbers are underestimates.  In medical malpractice cases, it is the patient who is harmed.  It is the patient who has been wronged. It is the patient who deserves protection and compensation. Let us not lose sight of this fact.

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