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Doctors continue to cry wolf!

How much longer do we have to hear the medical society cry that lawsuits are killing them, driving them out of the state and responsible for higher insurance rates?  No more. This mornings Morning Call, Malpractice Suits Drop  , debunks this myth. There were 43% fewer lawsuites filed in 2009 then in 2003 as reported by the administrator for the courts in Pa.  Both Lehigh County and Nothampton County court administrators reported to the Call that filings are down in Med Mal cases. My partner Martye Cohen is quoted in the article as saying that there is no merit to the claims being made by the medical society. Also, even in those cases which have gone to trial, there are far fewer awards. In 2009, only 2 cases  out of 10 were won by the injured party in Lehigh and 0 were recorded in Northampton. I would like to leave you with some facts. Between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year (and 300,000 are injured) due to medical errors in hospitals alone. 8 times as many who are injured ever file a claim and 16 times as many suffer injuries as receive compensation.  Most doctors are skilled, decent, diligent and rarely, if ever, have contact with the legal system. Only a small percentage are responsible for all of the errors.  But the truth is that mistakes are made and just like everyone else, when they do, they should be held responsible. Dennis F Feeley

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