Research Reveals Benefits Malpractice Claims Have on Health Care Industry

An article this week in the New York Times suggests that healthcare facilities may be learning valuable lessons from lawsuits. Each year tens of thousands of people die, and hundreds of thousands more are injured, as a result of medical error. 

New evidence regarding malpractice litigation shows that litigation supports the call for transparency. In fact, the openness and transparency promoted by patient safety advocates appear to be influencing hospitals’ responses to litigation risk.

According to the author, malpractice suits have become a source of valuable information about medical errors. An overwhelming majority of hospitals admit to using information from lawsuits in subsequent patient safety efforts. Hospital personnel also report that information obtained through lawsuits is useful in efforts to identify and address error. The New York Times article dispels myths that medical malpractice claims are bad for patients and facilities. Rather, it proves that litigation is beneficial to patients and facilities. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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