Most Medical Malpractice Suits Have Merit, Survey Announces

In a 2006 study performed by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Risk Management Foundation, over one thousand medical malpractice files from insurance companies throughout the nation were examined, revealing that more than two thirds of claims contained a clear error on behalf of a medical provider. This study helps to dispel the notion that malpractice claims are mostly frivolous.

In a separate study performed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it was shown that medical malpractice lawsuits, by enlarge, have only minimal effects on the profession. Exemplifying this is the fact states that do not place caps on malpractice awards are not experiencing large emigrations of their physicians. Moreover, most tort reform has not aided the number of physicians or effected insurance and litigation costs.

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