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New Minnesota medical malpractice law

After the Institute of Medicine reported in 1999 that an estimated 44,000 – 98,000 U.S. hospital patients died because of medical malpractice, Minnesota hospitals reported that just 9 patients might have died in 2002 because of medical malpractice. The Minnesota medical malpractice discrepancy sounded off an alarm that the actual Minnesota medical malpractice instances were not being reported. What lawmakers found was that a wide range of interpretations of previous law was occurring due to the loose language.

Instead of reporting serious instances of Minnesota medical malpractice, fear of Minnesota medical malpractice lawsuits kept hospitals from readily stepping forward. Lawmakers are hoping that the Vulnerable Adult Act, Minnesota’s new law, is more specific in language as to not leave any room for differing interpretation.


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