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Educate public about liability lottery -- before jury service begins

LETTER — Posted April 19, 2004

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All of the whining and complaining about large malpractice awards and its accompanying problems is directed at trial lawyers.

Who actually gives these outrageous awards?

The jurors.

The current jury system is not just. The public needs to be educated about the harm they are doing and not look on doctors as a means of winning a lottery.

Paul Schellenberg, MD, Jasper, Ark.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/04/19/edlt0419.htm.

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