Medical journals and trolling for potential plaintiffs

To no one’s surprise, the internet and medical studies have helped lawyers find potential plaintiffs:

Using an advanced Google search strategy, we determined the number of Internet “hits” for websites soliciting plaintiffs for medicolegal action before and after publication of a study that highlighted the risk of dysglycemia among patients taking the antibiotic gatifloxacin. We found that early online release and print publication were associated with an immediate and sustained increase in the number of websites soliciting plaintiffs for legal action.

(via Dr. RW)