Thursday, February 3, 2011

Looking at Mediation Instead of Trial for Medical Malpractice Cases

NPR's Health Blog, Shots, carries a post briefly outlining some of the financial incentives of mediation v. trial for medical malpractice cases. Writes author Michelle Andrews:
"Plaintiff's lawyers typically work on a contingency basis in medical malpractice cases, earning about 30 percent of the settlement amount. Although there are no hard data, mediation settlements tend to be smaller than jury awards, say experts."
But, she adds, "there's no jury to convince, so the money's a sure thing, and they may get it years sooner than they would if the case went to trial."

To read the full post, please click on: Mediation v. Trial.

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