The New Yorker talks medical malpractice:

There have been a number of studies showing that, the worse the outcome, the more likely a lawsuit is to happen. It’s not necessarily closely tied to whether that outcome was the result of a clear mistake. Obstetrics is probably the most notable example of a field in which controversy over causation arises. For instance, it seems more and more likely that cerebral palsy is not likely to be related to a catastrophic delivery but occurs gradually over the course of a pregnancy. In Senator John Edwards’s book, “Four Trials,” for example, he talks about a cerebral-palsy malpractice case that won his client seven figures, but elsewhere acknowledges that there are now doubts about whether cerebral palsy is caused by errors.

(via Red State Moron)

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