According to an article published by
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as of last year,
medical malpractice jury verdicts dropped significantly. While many individuals in the medical
community believe this may come as a relief from increasing insurance
premiums, many attorneys believe this is an indication that injured patients
are not being provided with opportunities for redress.
Reports state that in the state of Pennsylvania, juries issued verdicts
in 449 malpractice cases. Of those medical malpractice cases, 78.4% of
those verdicts were decided in favor of the defendant. In 2015, 78.2%
of 101 verdicts favored medical professionals and hospitals.
Lawrence Kelly, the president of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers
Association, explained that the insurers and the medical community has
worked diligently to build a jury that is bias when handling these types
of medical malpractice cases. Some believe that legislators and jurors
are able to convince juries to do so by creating scenarios that allow
doctors to abandon entire towns over liability concerns.
Kelly continued, stating that now, preventable errors that occur in hospitals
are now the third most common causes of fatality in the United States.
He, along with others, believe that persons in the medical professionals
should not be so concerned with the decreasing number of medical malpractice
verdicts as they should be about the 440,000 preventable fatalities that
occur every year.
In addition, court records determine that it has become much more difficult
to win medical malpractice cases that move to verdicts. In fact, according
to Rockville, Md.-based Physician Insurers Association of America, verdict
cases make up less than 9% of the medical liability cases that are actually resolved.
Kelly added that if medical professionals continue to not be held accountable
for their action and malpractice, these types of errors will continue,
and the public will continue to suffer avoidable consequences.
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