Contrary to what the insurance industry, the medical industry and the Bush Administration would have you believe about so-called :”frivolous lawsuits” , a study by the Harvard School of Public Health found just the opposite.
This prestigious institution dedicated to improving the pubic health through learning, investigation and communication studied a random sampling of 1,452 closed medical malpractice claims from across the country.
Specifically the study carried out by HSPH and the equally prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital concluded that 90% of the claims involved serious physical injury leading to permanant disability or death. The study concluded that the medical malpractice justice system in the United States is not sick and doesn’t need treatment.
The Study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine for all to see, but yet the clamor of a select group of politicians is still strong for “reform of frivolous lawsuits”. How can this be in the face of the Harvard study and ohter similar studies with the same results? Follow the money in the form of campaign contributions from the insurance and medical industries and see which politicians are clamoring. The said fact is that even the White House is for sale at the right price, and if the President and those of his ilk get what they want, that price is ultimately paid by medical malpractice victims.
We are a medical malpractic law firm and have seen too often, first hand the tragedy and suffering of medical malpractice victims and their families and the hoops they have to jump through to get relief. I shouldn’t be more difficult than it already is. Urge your legislators every chance you get to preserve the rights of medical malpractice victims to the relief our justice system provides.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.