Medical Malpractice Lawsuits: Is the Trend Good or Bad?

The Pennsylvania Court System released statistics on Wednesday that medical malpractice lawsuits in the state are becoming less frequent. According to their statistics, statewide, in 2010, there were 1,491 lawsuits and this number is down from the amount of lawsuits, 1,533 in 2009.

This decrease is only 3% less than last year. Is this supposed to be a sign for victory and reformation in the medical malpractice arena in this state? What about the fact that the number is still 1,491 lawsuits in 2010. Wouldn’t a 20% percent or higher decrease be a step in the right direction? Not to mention the fact that 88% of medical malpractice lawsuits are frivolous.

In a recent poll, almost half (44%) of the 1,800 emergency physicians polled claim that the most difficult challenge in cutting costs in the ER is the fear of being sued. According to 53% of those respondents, the reason they conduct so many tests comes back again to the fear of lawsuits. You can read more on this issue here: http://www.stockrants.com/2011/05/23/want-to-cut-costs-in-the-er-pass-medical-liability-reform.html

If you would like more information about Doctor’s Advocate and how we can assist you if you have been accused of medical malpractice or have experienced sham peer review or have been accused of disruptive physician behavior, we would like to speak to you. Call us at 888-362-8202 or respond to this email to request a brochure emailed, mailed or faxed to you. Thank you.

 

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