About 40 percent of medical malpractice cases filed in the United States are groundless, according to a Harvard analysis. The study's lead researcher said the findings challenge the view among tort reform supporters that the legal system is riddled with frivolous claims that lead to exorbitant payouts. But the American Medical Association called it proof that a substantial number of meritless claims continue to slip through the cracks, clogging the courts and forcing doctors to waste time defending them.
Study: Four out of 10 Medical Malpractice Cases Are Groundless
The Associated Press
May 11, 2006
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