Boy are lawsuits scary. But how afraid do we really need to be?.

A child is born with rare birth condition through no fault of the doctors or hospitals and some crazy jury hands out $70 million? That really is scary. Taylor and Thomas note that doctors and hospitals respond to their fear by practicing defensive medicine. They put the price tag for defensive medicine at ï¿’$50 billion to $100 billionï¿“ per year.
Given that the total of all medical malpractice judgments and settlements is a little over $4 billion per year … the medical profession is killing a fly with a cannon.
Nonetheless, how can you blame doctors for being afraid when they are told a jury handed out $70 million as a result of a birth defect that the doctors had no way to prevent?
I put part of the blame squarely where it belongs, on Taylor and Thomas because they are promoting such fear by lying.

Wow, this fear/lying tactic works for just about everything!

In case you don’t want to read the whole article:
1. Nothing like $70M was awarded.
2. The doctors failed to follow a medical procedure standardized across the country that, done right, would have easily detected a highly preventable condition.

Then there’s the “blame the stupid jury” thing:

People who think juries are stupid either have no experience with juries or think mighty highly of themselves. If juries make such absurd decisions, why are the reported cases so often fabrications? Why can not Zuckerman or Thomas or Taylor show us some examples of ridiculous awards that are actually true?

Remember — these are those same juries who get to impose the death penalty.

From Alas.