Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Mohr1
argues that 3 medical and 3 legal factors sustain medical malpractice litigation.
I believe that an additional factor is the modern attitude that values litigation
above other approaches to resolving disputes. Individual and institutional
members of society are increasingly litigious as is evidenced by caseload
data from the National Center for State Courts.2
Recent tobacco court cases demonstrate that the government also is suing its
own citizens to resolve disputes instead of using the legislative process.
Kakaiya R. The Past and Future of Medical Malpractice Litigation. JAMA. 2000;284(7):827-829. doi:10.1001/jama.284.7.827