The civil justice system, and particularly DC medical malpractice lawsuits, demand accountability for harm caused to individuals.
DC medical malpractice lawsuits can start the conversation for reform.
Civil Lawsuits Can Help Ensure Families are Protected
According to the Wall Street Journal, 87% of voters agree that there are “too many lawsuits filed in America.” This refers to civil lawsuits, in which an individual sues another individual or corporation. Civil lawsuits have actually been declining. In 1993, 10 out of every 1000 people filed a civil lawsuit, but in 2015, fewer than 2 out of every 1000 people filed a civil lawsuit.
One example of a civil lawsuit which held a corporation accountable for damage occurred in the 1960’s when GM produced cars which they knew would cause accidents, fires, and explosions. They determined it would have cost $8.40 per car to fix but that paying for 500 fatal accidents would have only cost $2.40 per car. Trial attorneys worked to hold GM accountable and were able to change the regulations for fuel tank performance and rear-end collisions. The Trial Lawyers Association of DC produced a video with more information about civil lawsuits and the civil justice system.
DC Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
DC medical malpractice lawsuits are also civil lawsuits. DC medical malpractice lawsuits work to provide victims of medical errors recourse for their losses. Medical errors can be anything from a doctor not properly sterilizing equipment to performing the wrong operation on a patient. DC medical malpractice lawsuits can allow victims to be compensated for damages they have suffered and can work to prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future. With DC medical malpractice lawsuits it is important to act quickly, the statute of limitations (the time within which you must file a personal injury claim) may be as short as 2 years from the date of the negligence or death.