On the frivolity of lawsuits
Kevin Drum notes the nomination of Stephanie Mencimer for a National Magazine Award for her Washington Monthly article "Malpractice Makes Perfect." I have come to believe that many so-call frivolous lawsuits are often not so frivolous after all:
At least some of the suits don't seem to merit the adjective "frivolous." In one case, a doctor had left a clip on an artery, eventually forcing the patient to have a liver transplant. In another, a surgeon cut into his patient's stomach wall during surgery, causing a massive, fatal infection. Indeed, a number of those doctors leading the protest movement include former drug addicts, felons, doctors whose licenses have been revoked, and many, many others who get sued a lot--and far more than most of their colleagues.
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