Most patients hurt by malpractice don't sue or file a claim. A 1991 landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that fewer than one in seven incidents of medical malpractice produced a suit or a claim. The study also found that many claims were made in cases where the researchers found no malpractice. The conclusion: "Medical malpractice litigation infrequently compensates patients injured by medical negligence and rarely identifies, and holds providers accountable for, substandard care."
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