Forty Percent of Medical Liability Lawsuits are Groundless
The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the oldest and most respected medical journals in the United States, reported a study recently which found there are no grounds to support 40% of the medical liability cases filed in the United States.
The study reveals more Americans than Canadians have diabetes (6.7% versus 4.7%) and high blood pressure (18.3% vs. 13.9%).
Three out of four groundless lawsuits were thrown out of court or resolved without a payout.
The research was based on nearly 1,500 medical liability claims resolved over 20 years, randomly selected from five insurance companies.
The study also reported that it takes an average of five years to resolve a claim.
Half of every dollar awarded to patients goes to cover lawyer’s fees and other expenses.