A Chicago medical malpractice lawyer is often considered at odds with the medical professionals whose care is occasionally challenged with lawsuits. However, there remains disconnect between a doctor’s actual likelihood of facing a lawsuit and their perceived likelihood. According to Diagnostic Imaging News, this point was recently made at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in Chicago-the largest annual meeting of radiological medical professionals in the country.
A speaker at that conference explained how the total number of medical malpractice lawsuits being brought by patients is actually lower than at other times in the past. Of course this would come as a shock to those who repeatedly advocate for draconian measure to take away rights of victims so that they do no file lawsuits.
On top of that, the speaker explained how many doctors have a problematic perception of their actual chance of getting sued. For example, only 10 percent of mammographers will be likely to face a medical malpractice lawsuit in the next five years. However, 40 percent of mammographers expect to be sued in that same time frame. In other words, doctors think that their risk of lawsuit is much higher than it actually is.
The incorrect assumptions about these lawsuits are likely a driving force behind efforts at medical malpractice “tort reform.” Hopefully more accurate understandings about the state of the legal system and the role that it plays in seeking justice for honest victims will put an end to the dangerous political efforts to penalize unsuspecting medical victims.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that there is no inherent conflict between all lawyers and doctors. The legal system and medical system are both in place to serve victims of various kinds. Better communication between involved parties would go a long way to easing many tensions and ensuring that the systems of proper medical care and legal fairness are preserved.
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