Advance Praise for Malpractice


Dr. Marty Makary

Johns Hopkins surgeon, patient-safety advocate, and author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

Malpractice will not make Dr. Schlachter many friends in the health care industry, but it starts a conversation we must have if patient safety is truly our goal. We need more doctors like him — professionals willing to acknowledge the risks created by a medical culture that puts doctors ahead of patients, and willing to fight for meaningful changes that will lead to better outcomes for patients and providers alike.”


David Goldhill

Board member of The Leapfrog Group and author of Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong

“A surgeon-turned-lawyer’s thoughtful and passionate plea for a more transparent and accountable medical profession. Lawrence Schlachter demonstrates how a medical culture of denial and secrecy prevents patients from identifying even the most serious medical mistakes, and how feeble professional discipline allows even the most incompetent physicians to continue to harm. Contrasting arguments for tort reform with the reality of America’s continuing plague of medical error, Schlachter makes a strong case for malpractice litigation — with all its flaws — as the only recourse for severely harmed patients."


Patricia J. Skolnik

President of Citizens for Patient Safety, LLC

Malpractice is an honest view of what our broken health-care system looks like. We lost our only child to preventable death because the system allowed an incompetent surgeon to practice. Dr. Schlachter analyzes the challenges facing patients and caregivers in a way health-care consumers and professionals alike can learn from.”

Dr. Michael Dogali, MDCM, FACS

President of Pacific Neurosurgery

“Dr. Schlachter brings the same insight and honesty to Malpractice that he brings to examining cases in which patients have been terribly wronged. His astute analysis is a bitter pill for an industry that for many years has avoided the hardest conversations about patient safety, but it is perhaps the only prescription that can save us.”

Learn The Facts


An estimated 400,000 Americans die every year as a result of preventable medical error.

Twice as many Americans die each year from preventable medical error as die from lung or breast cancer—combined.

- Journal of Patient Safety


An estimated 4 million to 8 million Americans are seriously injured every year by preventable medical error.

Many patients never realize they’re a victim of negligence or malpractice, because the system is set up to protect dangerous doctors.

- Journal of Patient Safety


5.9 percent of doctors are responsible for 57.8 percent of malpractice.

Dangerous doctors are often able to move to another hospital or state and continue practicing.

- Public Citizen


10 percent to 20 percent of diagnoses are delayed, missed or altogether incorrect

Most doctors are good at their jobs, but the dangerous doctors are rarely held to account.

- The Journal of the American Medical Association


Less than 2 percent of patients harmed by medical negligence even file a claim.

Frivolous medical malpractice claims are exceedingly rare – cases are too expensive and too hard to win.

- The New England Journal of Medicine


The total cost of malpractice litigation, including the costs of overhead and malpractice insurance coverage, represents 0.36 percent of total health care costs.

Contrary to the propaganda, malpractice litigation’s contribution to rising health care costs is negligible at most.

- Public Citizen


Since 2003, medical malpractice payments have fallen 28.8 percent, yet national health care costs are up 58.2 percent.

Improving patient safety will lead to better care and lower costs.

- Public Citizen

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Lawrence B. Schlachter is one of the few attorneys in the United States who has a unique background combining dentistry, neurosurgery and law, with licenses to practice in each profession.

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