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Wednesday, May 10th 2006

New Malpractice Study

A new Harvard study looks at how many medical malpractice claims are frivolous. Other studies have looked at this same thing, but their data is at least 10 years old. The two older notable studies certainly found more non-negligent malpractice claims (75%) but those studies involved all claims, even those not settled.

However, a 40% frivolous rate is nothing to laugh at. 85% of plantiffs who recieve payment actually deserved it according to the study. I guess I’ll let you decide if the fact that 15% of all successful plantiffs are full of it, is too high.

What is notable is that the other highly cited malpractice studies looked at both those who filed claims and those who didn’t. They show upwards of 90% of those who suffer negligence don’t file claims. That in and of itself may be a more notable number when calling for reform.

H/T Kevin, MD