Maryland's MedStar Refers Injured Patients to Lawyers

Dollar Sign Made out of PillsOn my constant search for what is new in the world of medical malpractice, I recently came across an article on AMedNews.com that describes the practice by MedStar Health of referring injured patients to lawyers. Intriguing, right? So, we kept reading. Here’s a brief discussion of the article:

MedStar Health is one of the biggest health systems in Maryland. And, when a patient is injured in the MedStar system, they actively work to address the issue. First, they discuss what happened. Second, they work toward a resolution. And, third, if appropriate, they offer a settlement. If the settlement is rejected by the patient, this is where it gets a little weird: MedStar offers the patient the name and number of an attorney. And MedStar is not alone. Two other major Maryland health networks do the same thing: LifeBridge Health and the University of Maryland Medical System.

Is this a good way to handle Maryland medical malpractice liability? Those involved say that it saves everyone time, money, and aggravation. Others worry that the lawyer may go after the physician for medical malpractice once the case with the hospital is settled. It may not matter too much, though, since the number of patients who take the referrals is low.

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