The Medical Malpractice Myth

Tom Baker
The Medical Malpractice Myth
The Medical Malpractice Myth

The Medical Malpractice Myth

Tom Baker
$22.50

If you face tort reform or non-economic caps in your state, you need The Medical Malpractice Myth. Author Tom Baker, widely recognized as a leading expert on insurance law, dispels myths regarding the amount of malpractice occurring, the amount of malpractice verdicts, the frivolous nature of these claims, doctors fleeing states without caps.

In addition Baker provides scientific and statistical evidence of a serious medical malpractice epidemic in the US, as well as evidence that tort reform hurts patient safety.

The evidence is so compelling that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has admitted, "Baker deftly counters the 'malpractice myth.' It will be difficult for anyone who reads the book to join uncritically the tort reformers' parade." Trial Guides brings you this important book at a critical time for our natiom's legal system. Use it to arm yourself with the facts to fight tort reform, or jury bias, and as an enclosure for any campaign to fight tort reform.

  • Author

    Tom Baker

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  • Details

    Hardcover: 214 pages; 1st edition (2007); ISBN: 978-0226036489
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Medical Malpractice Myth
    2. An Epidemic of Medical Malpractice, Not Malpractice Lawsuits
    3. An Insurance Crisis, Not a Tort Crisis
    4. The Malpractice Insurance Companies' Secret
    5. Why We Need Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
    6. The Goods on Defensive Medicine
    7. Dr. Bill May Be Gone, But Dr. Jane Is Here to See You
    8. Evidence-Based Medical Liability Reform
    9. Acknowledgments
    10. Notes
    11. References
    12. Index

If you face tort reform or non-economic caps in your state, you need The Medical Malpractice Myth. Author Tom Baker, widely recognized as a leading expert on insurance law, dispels myths regarding the amount of malpractice occurring, the amount of malpractice verdicts, the frivolous nature of these claims, doctors fleeing states without caps.

In addition Baker provides scientific and statistical evidence of a serious medical malpractice epidemic in the US, as well as evidence that tort reform hurts patient safety.

The evidence is so compelling that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has admitted, "Baker deftly counters the 'malpractice myth.' It will be difficult for anyone who reads the book to join uncritically the tort reformers' parade." Trial Guides brings you this important book at a critical time for our natiom's legal system. Use it to arm yourself with the facts to fight tort reform, or jury bias, and as an enclosure for any campaign to fight tort reform.

What Legal Leaders Are Saying

The best attempt to synthesize the academic literature on medical malpractice is Tom Baker’s The Medical Malpractice Myth, published in 2005. Baker, a law professor at the University of Connecticut who studies insurance, argues that the hype about medical malpractice suits is urban legend mixed with the occasional true story, supported by selective references to academic studies.

— Slate.com, July 11, 2006

Having worked with insurance companies, law firms, and doctors, Baker brings experience and perspective to his book, which is sure to be important and controversial in future debates.

Publishers Weekly

Finally someone has demonstrated how complex this challenge really is. Narrow, facile answers won’t solve the problem.

— Senator Richard J. Durbin

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