Five New York hospitals are participating in a pilot program to cut medical malpractice lawsuits and costs by, among other things, revealing medical mistakes early and offering quick settlements in cases where it appears there was malpractice.
Believe it or not, I don’t have an opinion. I think under this paradigm more cases are going to settle but the average malpractice settlement in these cases will be less than the statistics now show. Is it worth it to get less but get it over with and be able to move on with your life? It depends on how much less.
One other interesting tidbit from one of the articles in this program: There are 900 pending medical malpractice cases in New York. That is a lot of cases but, then again, New York is a big state.