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Research confirms what most medical malpractice attorneys have experienced for many years — the deck is stacked in favor of doctors in medical malpractice lawsuits.

A study published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research examined 20 years of medical malpractice cases and found that the doctor most often wins.  Researchers compared lawsuit outcomes to outcomes predicted by physician reviewers. Remarkably, they found that physicians win 50 percent of the cases that independent reviewers said had strong evidence of medical malpractice.  In other words, they win 50 percent of the cases that they should lose.

This high success rate, according to the study, suggests that more is at play than just the evidence: “Juries may be skeptical of patients who sue their doctors” and “juries tend to give doctors the benefit of the doubt when experts for both sides are credible.” In addition, the study suggests that the defendants are much more likely than plaintiffs to hire experienced attorneys. Obviously, these factors make it difficult for malpractice plaintiffs to win even the strongest of cases.

photo__2220877_matt_profile001Sickels, Frei and Mims, LLP associate Matthew Perushek was named to the “Top 40 under 40” roster by the National Trial Lawyers Association. The honor is by invitation only and is awarded exclusively to civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense attorney.

The Top 40 membership is extended to a select few from each state who exemplify “superior qualifications, trial results and leadership as a young lawyer under 40.” Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

A graduate of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason, Perushek clerked for the Honorable Michael F. Devine of the Fairfax Circuit Court.  He joined Sickels, Frei and Mims in 2013. He is active in the Fairfax and Virginia bar associations and will serve as district representative of the Young Lawyers Conference. He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015-17.