Do People File Frivolous Medical Malpractice Suits To Get "Time and Attention" From Their Doctor?

What is the real reason behind the medical malpractice crisis in this country? Could it be medical malpractice victims and "unethical lawyers" who file lawsuits solely for "time and attention" from the physician? Apparently, that"s what some doctors think. Example number one is this quote from the doctor at Brain Blogger: Studies have shown that patients who ultimately file a lawsuit are looking for something from the physician. Usually it is time and attention and not money. Unfortunately, money typically is the solution when it gets to that point. Unfortunately, given that the system is set up so that physicians settle out of court, … [Read more...]

How Can I Find Out If My Doctor Has Been Involved in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

I stumbled across an interesting website this morning- you can check it out at HealthGrades.com. HealthGrades.com is a basically a watchdog site where you can look up information on any doctor, including whether or not he/she has any malpractice settlements in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia or West Virginia. In addition to doctor reports, the site also gives patient safety ratings on local hospitals and nursing homes. I actually experimented with the nursing home feature to see what kind of information was … [Read more...]

"Arrogance, Abuse, Fraud and Medical Malpractice: How Some Physicians Beg for Lawsuits"

I read an interesting article today by MC Kean entitled "Arrogance, Abuse, Fraud and Medical Malpractice: How Some Physicians Beg For Lawsuits." Kean basically turns the table on doctors who are portraying medical malpractice victims as "sue happy" and exposes the real greed fueling medical malpractice suits which lies within the medical community itself. Keen states, "Physicians and mass media often depict patients and their lawyers who file lawsuits against doctors as greedy, money-grubbing opportunist. 1 It turns out this is more projection than reality. A 1990 study by Harvard researchers of 31,000 medical records subjected to … [Read more...]