…The eggheads at Harvard checked some malpractice suits and learned that 40% of them were groundless.
….Or at least said that 40% were.
…Fifteen percent of them were paid off anyway.
…The findings, published in the NEJM (May 11, 2006), were a wet dreamlet for the American Medical Association, which wants suits capped.
…But wait a hot second.
…Apparently to file a suit you should be injured—not just scared, furious, and loaded for bear.
…But only 3% of the claims they looked at showed no injury.
…Of those with an injury, 2/3 resulted from medical error.
…But the rest lacked evidence of a medical mistake.
…Stay with me. In this latter case, one example given was of a woman with no family history of breast cancer who underwent mammos for four years, all negative.
…But she had breast cancer—and it had spread to multiple other parts of her body.
…This was declared to not involve medical error, though, because everyone had done everything they should have.
…(Except catch it.)
…She did sue—and got a settlement.
…Sometimes, it depends on who defines what.