7 Medical Malpractice Myths Debunked (Pt. 1)
May 15, 2015
Medical malpractice can cause real harm to people, potentially resulting in permanent – if not fatal – health complications. Despite this fact, however, medical malpractice and the cases that stem from it have become a controversial topic in the U.S., particularly in light of pushes from insurance companies and politicians to limit damages for malpractice cases, enact tort “reforms,” etc.
Such controversy has led to a lot of misinformation about medical malpractice gaining traction and obscuring some of the real facts about this type of negligence and the civil cases associated with it.
To clear up some of these misconceptions, this three-part blog series will dispel some of the most common myths about medical malpractice. While our discussion herein underscores some important info and facts, remember that you can turn to the experienced Portland medical malpractice lawyers at the Savage Law Firm when you need help:
- Holding negligent medical professionals accountable for hurting you
- Securing compensation for your malpractice-related injuries and losses.
Have You Heard Any of these Medical Malpractice Myths?
Myth 1 – Most medical malpractice lawsuits are frivolous.
Fact – This is outright wrong. In fact, a study from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that, on average, about 97 percent of medical malpractice cases are merit based.
These findings, which were derived from an analysis of more than 1,400 resolved medical negligence cases, led researchers to conclude that “portraits of a malpractice system that is stricken with frivolous litigation are overblown.”
Myth 2 – Most medical malpractice cases are for minor injuries.
Fact – Wrong again! Minor injuries are, in fact, rarely the subjects of medical malpractice cases, as studies have found that at least 4 in every 5 malpractice lawsuits filed are associated with claims of serious injuries and/or death.
Don’t miss the next two parts of this blog series for some more important facts behind common medical malpractice myths. In the meantime, share your thoughts on these malpractice myths with us on Facebook and Google+.
Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you been hurt by any type of medical negligence? If so, you can rely on the Portland medical malpractice lawyers at the Savage Law Firm for experienced help and aggressive legal advocacy. Since 1977, our lawyers have been devoted to providing each of our clients with personal attention, respect and the highest quality legal services.
We realize how physically, psychologically and financially devastating medical malpractice can be. That is why:
- Helping you recover from the financial setbacks caused by medical malpractice is one of our primary goals.
- Our lawyers are here to aggressively defend your rights to both justice and compensation.