New York Law School’s Center for Justice & Democracy recently examined the details about medical malpractice lawsuits. Despite claims to the contrary, medical malpractice filings have fallen 18 percent from 2000 through 2009, and represent less than 2% of incoming civil cases, and less than 8% of incoming tort cases.
According to the article, medical malpractice lawsuits have four purposes:
- Encourage doctors to take appropriate safety precautions and avoid undue risk in treating their patients
- Compensate injured patients for their harm
- Provide a forum in which negligent physicians can be held publicly accountable
- Provide a means for patients and their families to gain more information about the causes and circumstances of medical injuries
Despite widespread preventable medical errors, few injured patients file lawsuits. According to the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients experiences a serious medical error, and 44 percent of the incidents are preventable. In spite of these facts about medical negligence, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) reports that œrarely does a medical malpractice caseload exceed a few hundred cases in any one state in one year.
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