Diminishing windfall medical malpractice judgments for inadvertent bumps and bruises might make some lawyers sick.
What's worse, the Affordable Care Act is expected make malpractice litigation even more challenging.
"There will still be errors and there will be compensation, but it won't be anything like what we've seen where patients win millions of dollars," says Jim O'Reilly, a volunteer professor in the University of Cincinnati's College of Law. "For lawyers to better serve their clients, they have to understand the system has changed. If they don't know about it, their client loses."
But O'Reilly offers a remedy in his groundbreaking new textbook.
This week the American Bar Association Press will publish "The New Medical Malpractice" by O'Reilly, an author of dozens of books and articles, and a longtime student of Ohio damages lawsuits. The book shares O'Reilly's insight on the rapidly shifting world of medical malpractice law.
"There was no book I looked for one that explained what's happening in health care," O'Reilly says. "That's why most of what's in my book is pioneering, because I talked to the people in Washington, D.C., and asked what they're really doing."
As provisions of the Affordable Care Act are rolled out nationwide, it's estimated that millions of previously uninsured Americans will gain access to coverage. The massive influx of clients is expected to bring a new level of competition among health insurance providers, potentially driving them to cut costs.
As a result, O'Reilly expects to see fewer local doctor's offices; growing numbers of grocery and convenience stores with on-site clinics staffed by nurses, not doctors; a proliferation of "telemedicine," where patients and doctors interact via video conference technology; and a rise in federally subsidized neighborhood health centers, such as the 46 such clinics operating in Greater Cincinnati and the thousands nationwi
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