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Washington state med-mal study



Martin Grace reports (Mar. 3) on a study (PDF) of medical malpractice closed claims in the state of Washington between 1994 and 2004. One striking finding (Grace's wording): "almost 50 percent of the defense costs go to claims with no payment". Despite much talk about how lawyers operating on contingency have no incentive to file weak claims since they don't want to risk nonpayment, someone out there sure seems to be filing a lot of weak claims.

 

 


Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.