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What Practitioners can Teach Academics About Tort Litigation – The Plaintiff’s Perspective in Medical Malpractice Litigation

  • Thomas E. Albro EMAIL logo and Thomas M. Hendell
From the journal Journal of Tort Law


Although medical errors are a leading cause of injury and death in the United States, only a small fraction of claims result in litigation, and the number of paid claims continues to decline. There are many reasons for the relatively small number of medical errors that result in medical malpractice litigation, including the prohibitive cost of procuring medical experts, caps on recovery, the long timeline of a med mal case from intake to verdict or settlement, and the outsized success rate of defendant doctors at trial. This article explores all of these topics, as well as common causes of action and notable plaintiff types.

Corresponding author: Thomas E. Albro, Tremblay & Smith, PLLC, Charlottesville, VA, USA, E-mail:

Published Online: 2020-11-03
Published in Print: 2020-11-18

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