What You Should Know About Medical Malpractice Claims

A new study published in the August 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that almost every doctor will face a medical malpractice claim sometime in his or her career.  However, while 1 in 14 doctors are accused of medical malpractice each year, only 20% of those claims result in a medical malpractice payout.

At first glance, the study seems to report the premise that the media continues to hype – specifically that most medical malpractice claims are frivolous.  However, the study’s authors warn people that the truth is not that simple.  They explain, for example, that it is expensive to bring a medical malpractice case and that a medical malpractice lawyer would be foolish to bring a case without merit.

If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, due to medical malpractice then it is important to remember that you have the right to sue and you have the right to pursue damages for the wrong that has been done to you.  Do not let statistics scare you away from doing what you think is right.  Instead, consider the benefits of pursuing justice for yourself and for your family.