Posted on Jun 04, 2013

Groton Medical Malpractice.

Study finds that defensive medicine increases health care costs, not large payouts of over One Million dollars.  

The problem.

Medical malpractice is a problem in the United States that leads to many unncessary deaths each year.  It is also a problem in Connecticut.  In spite of the health hazard of medical malpractice some law makers discuss damages caps on malpractice claims as a way to reduce the cost of health care overall.  This is unfair to victims of malpractice.  It is unfair to refuse to fairly compensate victimes of medical malpractice or cap the damages they can recover regardless of their suffering and needs.  Moreover, large medical malpractice payouts do not significantly contribute to the cost of health care overall.   

The research.

A study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have concluded that medical malpratice payouts do not contribute to the overall high cost of medicine.  Instead, they conclude, that the cost of "defensive medicine" is the culprit.  The study was lead by Johns Hopkins researcher Marty Makary.  The study evaluated large payouts in medical malpractice cases.  The study considered a large payout to be one of One Million Dollars or more.  It studied cases from 2004 to 2010.  According to the study large malpractice payouts contributed only 1.4 Billion per year, while the cost of defensive medicine contributed over 60 Billion per year.  

Where to find help.

If you or anyone you know is seriously injured to medical malpractice contact the Groton medical malpractice lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.  We are here to help. 

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Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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