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More study needed on birth injury bill [Editorial]
Maryland's litigation-based system for compensating families whose children suffered from birth-related neurological industries doesn't work well for anyone. It isn't great for the families, who only get the financial assistance they need if they can convince a jury that health care providers were negligent — and only then after years of litigation and expensive attorney's fees. Doctors and hospitals are faced with the risk of skyrocketing malpractice premiums as a result of jury awards that have recently run into the tens of millions of dollars. And the public faces the reality that bad doctors often don't face discipline, and sub-standard hospital practices often don't change except as a result of malpractice judgments.
March 12, 2014