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Medical Malpractice Myths

A number of myths continue to persist regarding medical malpractice lawsuits. The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting the victims of medical malpractice and to educating the public regarding the risks of medical negligence. Below are some common medical malpractice myths and the truth behind those myths.

Medical Malpractice Myth #1: Most medical malpractice lawsuits are frivolous.

Fact: The vast majority of medical malpractice lawsuits have merit. In fact, research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health looked at over 1,400 closed medical negligence claims and found that 97 percent were meritorious. Of those 1,400 claims, 80 percent involved death or serious injury.

Medical Malpractice Myth #2: Medical malpractice lawsuits don't target dangerous doctors.

Fact: Medical malpractice lawsuits hold dangerous doctors accountable for their actions. Data shows that, on average, just 6 percent of doctors are responsible for nearly 60 percent of all malpractice payments. From 1991 to 2005, just 5.9 percent of doctors were responsible for 57.8 percent of all malpractice payments. As such, medical malpractice lawsuits hold dangerous doctors accountable for their actions and help ensure that they will not harm other patients.

Medical Malpractice Myth #3: Most medical malpractice incidents could not have been prevented.

Fact: A significant number of preventable mistakes and "never events" occur each year. In fact, each year nearly 98,000 people die as a result of preventable medical errors, such as wrong-site surgeries, spreading infection, and excessive emergency room waits. According to research conducted by Johns Hopkins University, surgical "never events" - or those mistakes that should never occur in surgery - happen at least 4,000 times a year in the United States.

Medical Malpractice Myth #1: Tort reform will lower health care spending.

Fact: Medical malpractice lawsuits do not drive up health care costs, and tort reform will not lower health care costs. Research conducted by David Hyman, a physician and attorney at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Charles Silver, a University of Texas attorney, found " no evidence that Texas' tort reforms bent the cost curve downward." Additionally, a 2012 study conducted by a group of professors at prestigious law schools revealed that tort reform is ineffective at reducing health care spending. Moreover, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the total amount of money spent defending medical malpractice claims and compensating victims is just 0.3 percent of the $2.2 trillion that is spent each year on healthcare in the United States.

The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting the public from substandard medical care and helping the victims of medical malpractice obtain full and fair financial compensation for their injuries. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, contact the Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim.


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