Admitting Medical Mistakes Doesn’t Increase the Likelihood that a Patient Will File a Medical Malpractice Case, Says Study

A study on the University of Michigan Health System’s disclosure-with-offer program has found that admitting medical errors and then offering timely compensation for resulting injuries does not increase the chances that a patient will file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Instead, what the program has found is that the health system has been received less medical malpractice complaints, obtained faster resolution of cases, and achieved lower liability costs.

Unfortunately, not all medical providers and professionals are as forthcoming. Frequently, doctors and hospitals and their insurers will try to combat any allegations of medical negligence while attempting to minimize financial liability.

This is why it is important that you are represented by an experienced Washington DC medical malpractice law firm that will protect your right to receive the maximum in damages that you and your family are owed.

Medical professionals owe patients a certain duty of care and even the simplest medical mistake can prove catastrophic. Milliman Inc. found, in a study commissioned by the Society of Actuaries, that almost 1.5 million medical errors in the 2008 cost the US economy $19.5 billion. $17 billion of this came from outpatient, inpatient, and prescription drug services for individuals that were affected by medical mistakes.

Yet medical mistakes continue to happen. The American Medical Association recently reported that for every 100 US physicians, 95 medical malpractice claims are submitted.

You have three years from the time of injury to file your Washington DC medical malpractice lawsuit.

New AMA Report Finds 95 Medical Liability Claims Filed for Every 100 Physicians, American Medical Association, August 3, 2010

Medical Liability Claim Frequency: A 2007-2008 Snapshot of Physicians, AMA (PDF)

Report: 95 medical liability claims filed for every 100 physicians, HealthCare Finance News, August 4, 2010
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