Posted Jun 02, 2007 12:09 am CDT
The percentage of winning plaintiffs in medical-malpractice jury trials where reviewing physicians rated the evidence of negligence as “strong,” according to professor Philip G. Peters of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. In Doctors & Juries, a research paper published in the May issue of the Michigan Law Review, Peters says juries favored plaintiffs in only
of cases where reviewing physicians found evidence of negligence “unclear.” In cases where the evidence was deemed “weak,” juries favored plaintiffs only
of the time. Physician reviews, Peters says, suggest that juries are doing a good job of rejecting meritless medical-malpractice cases.