Doctors should be held accountable for the consequences of their mistakes like everyone else in society. If you make a mistake and it causes harm to a patient that has placed his or her trust in your hands and it results in the inability to enjoy day-to-day life as you knew it before, should you be limited in compensation by a jury because the injury was caused by a doctor? Should different rules apply to doctors when they injure someone? The myths of too many large verdicts have been driven by large and powerful insurance companies. Contrary to the propaganda that has been used to poison the thinking of potential jurors, there are very few “frivolous lawsuits” and far less large or significant verdicts. There are, however, frivolous defenses that are used to try to avoid responsibility for mistakes.
The truth is that most cases result in the injured party being undercompensated or not compensated at all for medical mistakes. Ask someone you know that has been the victim of malpractice and has gone through the process of proving a doctor’s negligence because he or she refused to accept responsibility, whether they feel that the system was fair. Ask them whether they would in a heartbeat trade the limited amount of recovery that they received for the precious ability to enjoy their lives without pain and suffering.
The truth is that most medical mistakes never result in a lawsuit. The truth is that even when doctors are proven to be negligent, juries throughout the U.S. and in Ohio still find justifications to excuse the doctor and