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The Civil Justice System—News
This page is sponsored by Eric Turkewitz, a New York medical malpractice lawyer.
The Medical Malpractice “Crisis” and the Insurance “Crisis”
Not only is medical malpractice a significant problem in the United States, but so too is its discovery by the victims and families of those affected.
As many as 98,000 people die each year as a result of medical errors. (Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science To Error is Human: Building a Safer Health System (National Academy Press, 1999).
Yet, a study by the Harvard Medical Practice Study Group determined that for every eight potential medical malpractice claims, only one claim was actually filed (Harvard Medical Practice Study Group, Patients, Doctors, and Lawyers: Medical Injury, Malpractice Litigation, and Patient Compensation in New York (Harvard University, 1990).
Studies of the pervasive problem of medical errors have also found that an estimated 3 to 4 percent of hospitalized patients received the wrong drug, dose or treatment, and that such mistakes are implicated in the death of one in 10 of these victims. (Washington Post, February 18, 2003; Page HE01)
In response to the medical problems, some politicians advocate weakening the civil justice system, so that it is harder to bring suit to hold people medical professionals accountable, or to create artificial one-size-fits-all limits on jury awards. This, of course, will harm public safety, serve to further injure the most seriously harmed in our society, and runs contrary to the concept of taking responsibility for ones actions.
Below are links to organizations that give detailed information about the insurance and medical industries and debunk some of the common myths and propaganda about the reasons for the rise of insurance premiums (Hint: Insurance rates generally go up each time the insurance companies take a bath in the stock market).