The study reveals wide differences in litigation rates and the award of indemnity payments in Spain and Massachusetts; however, common features of both locations are the high rates of diagnosis-related problems and the long time interval until resolution.
Luke Sato, senior vice president and chief medical officer for CRICO; and Kathy Dwyer, senior program director of CRICO’s Patient Safety Department, were among the study’s collaborating authors.
Giraldo P, Sato L, Martínez-Sánchez JM, Comas M, Dwyer K, Sala M, Castells X. Eleven-year descriptive analysis of closed court verdicts on medical errors in Spain and Massachusetts. BMJ Open. 2016;6(8):e011644. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011644.