Tort Reform? Third Leading Cause of Death Isn’t Lawsuits—Its Medical Malpractice!

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We have heard a lot about tort reform.  This focuses on limiting a victim of medical malpractice’s rights to the court.  Some forms include shortening the statute of limitations, lower attorney’s fees, or capping non-economic damages.  Many tort reform legislation will do multiple of these things.  The effort is to decrease the amount of medical malpractice lawsuits and to decrease the recovery, which deincentivizing medical malpractice lawyers from taking these cases.

The claim is that all of these medical malpractice lawsuits are making healthcare costs skyrocket.  If there is tort reform, there will be less lawsuits and less healthcare costs.

But according to a new report out last month, the third most leading cause of death in the United States is medical malpractice.  That is right—preventable medical errors!

Now we know why doctors and hospitals want tort reform—to lower their accountability!

According to a recent study from John Hopkins approximately 250,000 Americans will die each year due to preventable medical errors.  Unfortunately, it is not always clear whether and when medical errors cause the death of a patient and some estimates actually believe this number is closer to 440,000!  This is because only 250,000 could be confirmed, the other portion unknown deaths, not traced back to medical errors, or hidden.

Wow! That is a lot of people killed!  Medical malpractice is more than respiratory diseases, accidents, strokes, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and the flu!  Behind only cancer and heart disease.

These are crazy statistics!

Why are we reforming the law and medical malpractice?  It sounds like we should be reforming MEDICINE and the practice of medicine.  If there were not 250,000 people dying each year due to preventable medical errors, wouldn’t that lower healthcare costs?

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