On June 25, 2018, the Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School (“CJ&D”) released its 10th update to its MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: BY THE NUMBERS briefing book, which compiles the latest statistics and research on issues related to medical malpractice.
According to CJ&D’s press release, among the many new research findings since CJ&D’s last December 2017 update are:
– Medical malpractice cases constitute only 0.17 percent of state civil caseloads.
– Paid malpractice claims have stayed essentially unchanged for the last decade.
– Despite the #MeToo movement, two-thirds of doctors engaged in sexual misconduct face no medical board discipline. This includes repeat offenders.
– Physicians who commit wrongdoing, such as sexual misconduct, peddling opioids or botching surgeries, often “hopscotch” from one state to another and continue practicing.
– Contrary to popular belief, malpractice liability has no impact on whether or not a physician decides to deliver a baby via C-section.
– Despite charging doctors historically low rates, medical malpractice insurance companies are raking in substantial profits as a result of “the soaring 2017 financial markets.”
– More that 260 patients have died since 2013 after in-and-out procedures at surgery centers – operations that should have been done in hospitals.
The Executive Director of CJ&D stated in the press release announcing the publication of the updated information:
“Medical malpractice insurance companies are raking in profits, premiums and claims are flat, and hundreds of thousands of patients die each year due to medical errors. Yet organized medicine is still pushing laws that would reduce the accountability of unsafe hospitals and incompetent physicians. In Arkansas, these special interests are even pushing a ballot initiative to strip away the constitutional rights of injured patients.”
“We have an enormous patient safety problem in this nation. Even sexual misconduct by physicians is going largely unchecked. The last thing we should do is try to solve these problems by increasing the obstacles harmed patients face in the already difficult process of bringing a case against the person or institution that harmed them.”
Located at New York Law School, the Center for Justice & Democracy is the only national consumer organization in the country exclusively dedicated to protecting our civil justice system.
The CJ&D works full-time to make sure average Americans get a fair shake in court, even against the country’s most powerful special interests; exposes unscrupulous attacks by special interests on judges, juries, injured consumers and the attorneys who represent them; and, raises public awareness of the value of our civil justice system and the dangerous campaign behind the so-called tort reform movement.
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