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February 8, 2006

Cerebral Palsy Litigation

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(6):625-626. doi:10.1001/jama.295.6.625-c

To the Editor: In their Commentary on the implications of cerebral palsy litigation, Dr MacLennan and colleagues1 suggest several important steps, including better self-policing by the medical profession and alternative approaches to dispute resolution both inside and outside of the court system. However, they fail to mention the very significant costs of raising a child with cerebral palsy and the role those costs may play in the decision to pursue a malpractice suit.

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