A better approach to medical malpractice claims? The University of Michigan experience

J Health Life Sci Law. 2009 Jan;2(2):125-59.


The root causes of medical malpractice claims are deeper and closer to home than most in the medical community care to admit. The University of Michigan Health System's experience suggests that a response by the medical community more directly aimed at what drives patients to call lawyers would more effectively reduce claims, without compromising meritorious defenses. More importantly, honest assessments of medical care give rise to clinical improvements that reduce patient injuries. Using a true case example, this article compares the traditional approach to claims with what is being done at the University of Michigan. The case example illustrates how an honest, principle-driven approach to claims is better for all those involved-the patient, the healthcare providers, the institution, future patients, and even the lawyers.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Michigan