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November 3, 1978

Malpractice Suits

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JAMA. 1978;240(19):2046. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290190024016

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To the Editor.—  After reading the letter of Mr Alan Y. Medvin (240:346, 1978), "I feel compelled to respond."Mr Medvin contends that many malpractice actions are settled before trial because they generally involve the clearest cases of malpractice. I strongly doubt this statement. There are many nuisance cases that are settled out of court because insurance carriers find that it is less expensive to do it that way. The merits of these cases are ignored.