Claiming malpractice against your physician

Posted Saturday, April 21, 2007 by Ed Harper

A recent University of Michigan Law Review article Mat 2007 has shown that doctors are given more deference from juries than what you may have been hearing in the news. Physicians have a higher percentage of wins when they go through a jury trial. However, when the evidence is strong towards the negligence of the physician, the patient has an almost 50% chance of winning.

Don’t fall prey to the notion that jury verdicts have damaged the system. Physicians have insurance for a reason and if their rates are too high, they should do a better job at regulating their own. Studies have shown that 80-90% of malpractice cases are against the bottom 10% of the physicians.

As one who advocates for an individuals rights, our government should allow the jury system to continue with no limitations on verdicts or caps. Caps do not keep insurance rates down for physicians, it only caps the damages and prevents the injured from recovering the true value of their injuries.

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