Juries Side With Doctors: Study

Law360, New York (April 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Juries are more likely to side with doctors in medical malpractice lawsuits, even in cases in which independent experts expect the patients to prevail, a recent study has found.

Juries tend to take the burden of proof seriously and rule against plaintiffs in a large majority of cases, according to the study by Philip Peters, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School.

The findings contradict the popular perception that juries are more likely to sympathize with patients, a belief that has spurred efforts...
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