A front-page article in The Boston Globe entitled “Over career, most doctors in US will face lawsuit” described the results of a Harvard study released on August 17, 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors of the study point to “the need for changes in malpractice law so that doctors and patients can resolve disputes before they resort to litigation, which often costs both parties money and heartache.”
Jeffrey Catalano, a partner with Todd & Weld LLP and an attorney who represents patients, was interviewed by the Globe staff to lend his expertise to comment on the study. Mr. Catalano indicated that “Litigation plays an important role in exposing errors and getting patients the help they need . . . [but] it is often inefficient.” He supports a new concept whereby the healthcare provider discloses the error to the patient and the patient is then offered compensation for the injuries. Mr. Catalano feels that “the devil's in the details, but it has a lot of promise.” Mr. Catalano indicated that “out-of-court reviews should be overseen by a third-party attorney and that patients' lawyers should be allowed to participate to ensure their clients' right are protected.”
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