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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Injured in a Dodge Truck or Suv? You may be entitled to compensation...

Chrysler is attempting to buy back certain 2008-12 Dodge Ram and Dakota pickup trucks as well as 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs because of potentially dangerous steering and axel problems.  NHTSA recently fined Chrysler $70 million among other penalties as a result of these defects.  If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident in one of these vehicles, please contact us.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Are Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Driving Up Health Care Costs?

Defensive Medicine: Myth or fact?

You’ve probably heard it stated as fact: the risk of crazy lawsuits is forcing doctors to practice defensive medicine, raising the cost of health care. This idea gets spread around a lot, especially during election season or when “tort” reform” is on the agenda. But is it true?

According to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the idea that defensive medicine leads to higher health care costs is not true. The study looked at data from 1997-2011 in three states that passed tort reform legislation and found that the laws did not reduce doctors’ testing behaviors and that:

“… physicians are less motivated by legal risk than they believe themselves to be. Although a practice culture of abundant caution clearly exists, it seems likely that an aversion to legal risk exists in parallel with a more general risk aversion and with other behavioral, cultural, and economic motivations that might affect decision making. When legal risk decreases, the ‘path of least resistance ‘ may still favor resource- intensive care. Our results suggest that malpractice reform may have less effect on costs than has been projected. “

Tort reform, or malpractice reform, succeeds in limiting patients’ rights, but does not seem to limit care costs.

That makes defensive medicine a myth.