Physicians Win Bulk Of Malpractice Trials, Study Shows

Law360, New York (May 23, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT) -- Only a fraction of medical malpractice claims result in trial verdicts, and those that do are overwhelmingly won by doctors, according to a study published last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The analysis of 10,000 claims — all those from 2002 to 2005 involving some defense cost — sheds light on a lightning-rod issue that has exposed deep political fissures in the U.S., where Republicans often decry frivolous lawsuits and Democrats worry about capping damages for grievous injuries.

In the May 14 study, researchers...
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