Recently at one of his rallies presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani was quoted as saying that her refers to attorneys that sue doctors as “the pig factor.” This is an interesting comment as it infers that all malpractice lawsuits are without merit which cannot be further from the truth. We all want to limit frivilous lawsuits however using propaganda against all lawyers is not the proper method as injured people must be able to have an avenue to recover for lost wages and medical expenses caused by the negligence of physicians.
As Mr. Guiliani was mayor of NYC I am suprised by his comments and he must simply be trying to be more appealing to the conservative base. I say this because New York unlike numerous other states has safeguards in place to protect doctors from frivilous lawsuits. In fact, I think if you do a web search of malpractice verdicts you would find that the ones that shock your conscience would be from other states.
We as a law firm only litigate those cases that have merit and prior to instituting a claim in New York a lawyer must get an opinion from a physician indicating that malpractice has occurred. Therefore, although Mr. Guiliani wants to be elected he should be more careful in his representations to the electorate.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.