CJ&D Releases New Briefing Book: Medical Malpractice By The Numbers

Medical Liability Monitor
Monday, February 1, 2016

The Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School released today its newly updated briefing book, MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: BY THE NUMBERS. The book is the fifth update since CJ&D first began compiling the latest statistics and research on issues related to medical malpractice (last updated in June 2015). It is a fully-sourced volume that has expanded to 128 pages with nearly 600 footnotes linking to original sources. Principal authors are Emily Gottlieb, CJ&D’s Deputy Director for Law and Policy, and Joanne Doroshow, CJ&D Executive Director.

Topics include: medical malpractice litigation, health care costs and “defensive medicine,” physician supply and access to health care, medical malpractice insurance, patient safety, and special problems for vets and military families.


Said Doroshow, “Although hundreds of thousands of patients die each year due to medical errors, very few medical claims are paid to compensate injured patients.  It is not easy for someone who has lost a leg, their eyesight or a child to continue hearing from medical lobbies that they – the few patients who file claims – are the problem, as opposed to the medical negligence that caused these tragedies. We have an enormous patient safety problem in this nation, and the last thing we should do is try to solve it by increasing the obstacles sick and injured patients face in the already difficult process of bringing a case against a negligent health care institution.”


For a copy of the complete article, contact CJ&D.


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