Malpractice Ads

Ads urge support for legislation to curb malpractice lawsuits

A group representing Ohio doctors hopes full-page newspaper ads will help convince lawmakers to pass legislation to make it harder to sue physicians. The Ohio State Medical Association's ads say doctors are leaving the state because of high malpractice insurance costs. Doctors say the amount of litigation against doctors figures into their insurance rates. The OSMA has spent 200-thousand dollars on ads in major newspapers around the state. The ads support legislation that would require expert witnesses used at trial to be more qualified, among other provisions. The ad campaign also blames "frivolous lawsuits" for the increased premiums. But the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers argues that there is no proof to support such theories.

Spokesman Gerry Leeseberg says there's no hard data to prove the link.