Medical Malpractice Suits Decline in Some States Challenging Need for Tort Reform

In some states, the number of medical malpractice lawsuits is on the decline by about 5% due to new policies regarding filing medical malpractice lawsuits. Though not required in Illinois, some states mandate independent medical review of a malpractice claim before the plaintiff can file. This decrease in medical malpractice lawsuits shows that “tort reform” is unnecessary. Tort reform can be very dangerous because it limits citizens’ access to justice and prevents an injured patient from recovering fully against their doctor for the doctor’s medical malpractice.

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