The effect of large malpractice awards

Michael Lynch: “Malpractice attorneys say patients need the ability to sue for damages and to be protected from negligence. As in all professions, errors are made; as physicians, we recognize our fallibility and go to great efforts through quality assurance, case reviews and other measures to learn from mistakes and to avoid future errors. However, the extraordinary financial gain lawyers receive from a successful lawsuit decreases their moral authority and credibility on this issue compared to the physicians who spend endless time and effort training for and then caring for their patients.”