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January 1987

A Second Medical Opinion and the Elimination of Malpractice Suits

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(1):23-24. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060010025012

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To the Editor.  —Recently, one of my internist colleagues had a judgement against him for $500 000. One of his patients, who had previously been convicted of driving while intoxicated, had a second accident when driving while intoxicated that caused a fatality. The suit was brought against the internist because he had prescribed diazepam for his patient without properly informing him of the dangers of the combination of diazepam and alcohol.The number of medical malpractice suits increases and the exorbitant awards continue to increase. Thank God some states have been able to change their tort laws. Perhaps Congress will listen to President Reagan's request that the tort laws be changed and the awards limited.In an interview in the July 2, 1986, issue of USA Today, Gail J. Koff, the author of Practical Guide to Everyday Law, made a very practical suggestion.

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