Medical Malpractice & Tort Reform Persuasive Essay

Medical Malpractice & Tort Reform
A well cited look into medical malpractice laws and much needed reform.
# 147456 | 970 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Apr 11, 2011 in Medical and Health (General) , Law (General)

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This paper explains how medical malpractice occurs, and explains why reform regarding medical malpractice laws is absolutely necessary. The author puts a lot of his own personal observations and views into the paper and explains why people find it hard to file a lawsuit against a doctor simply because they cannot find a lawyer who is willing to take on their case.

From the Paper:

''Medical malpractice occurs when there has been professional negligence from a specialist or doctors in general, also including nurses and others whom may work directly or indirectly with the patient. Unfortunately as medicine is a ``practice'', errors naturally occur. However, there is also many times where the errors are caused by the neglect of another. ''Between 44,000 to 98,000 Americans die in hospitals each year due to preventable medical errors; Even using the lower estimate, preventable medical errors in hospitals exceed attributable deaths to such feared threats as motor-vehicle wrecks, breast cancer, and AIDS'' (IOM, 1999). Those statistics are alarming and the key word here is ''preventable''.
Large settlements from medical malpractice lawsuits directly impacts medical malpractice insurance rates. This problem has had much to do with individual states instituting cap laws to protect insurance companies and physicians alike from erroneous lawsuits. Although the intended purpose may be helping avoid such lawsuits, in turn it is creating a major problem in the quality of patient care.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Institute of Medicine, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System (November, 1999.) Retrieved, March 11th 2011 from the IOM's website:
  • Law Offices of Craig Walkon, National Practitioner Data Bank. Retrieved, March 13th 2011 from:
  • Americans for Insurance Reform, True Risk (July, 2009)Retrieved, March 13th 2011 from:
  • The Agency for Health Care Administration; Division of Health Quality Assurance. Reported malpractice claims by district compared to reported adverse incidents 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

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