Why State Apology Laws Don’t Discourage Med Mal Suits

Law360, Los Angeles (December 15, 2016, 9:16 PM EST) -- Well-meaning laws designed to limit medical malpractice suits by allowing doctors to issue apologies to patients or their families following adverse medical events have proven to be ineffective, according to new research, since they ignore a major motivating factor: money.

A recent study conducted by Vanderbilt University researchers suggests that state apology laws enacted by more than 30 states and intended to prevent malpractice claims have no effect on surgeons and have resulted in an even greater likelihood for nonsurgeons such as general practitioners to get...
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