Albert Averbach


Every tragedy that becomes the subject of extensive coverage by the news media shortly turns into a focal point of malpractice litigation. This, of course, is inevitable and will ever be thus. Doctors for many years have been "spoon fed" stories and warnings about malpractice suits and hazards. Nothing, however, has been constructively advocated as to how this tide can be stemmed or what can be done in the face of it. Some years ago, Mark Twain wrote, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." It is our objective in this article to not only alert the medical profession and the hospital administrators about the hazards of malpractice litigation, but in some measure to offer suggestions as to means and methods of avoiding such suits and their dire consequences.


Proceedings of American College of Legal Medicine