For years now, some insurance companies have been lobbying for what they call tort reform -- restrictive laws designed to make it harder for injured victims to recover compensation in a civil lawsuit. The field in which they have been most successful in erecting hurdles to recovery is probably that of medical malpractice. In state after state, legislatures have enacted laws restricting the ability of patients to recover for medical professional negligence.
Our society has great respect for physicians, and for good reason. But even the best doctors can make mistakes, and a failure to diagnose the correct ailment can have devastating consequences. A recent medical malpractice verdict in Colorado illustrates this point, and may be of interest to our readers in Montana.
As patients, we place our trust completely in the hands of our doctors. When that trust is violated by medical negligence caused by fatigue, the result can be devastating and irreparable.