“I always tell my clients, if you start a big disturbance, you’ll get a bigger compensation package.”

by Walter Olson on October 27, 2011

Although not conducted through the legal system, some battles in China over alleged injury from medical malpractice make for an interesting compare-and-contrast exercise, right down to the role of contingent fees:

Medical personnel advocates complain that the more violent incidents are staged by hired thugs, paid by families of the deceased in hopes of winning compensation from the hospitals. … The Chinese have even coined a word for the paid protesters: yinao, meaning “medical disturbance.”

“It has become a very sophisticated system for chasing profits. Whenever somebody dies in a hospital, the yinao will get in touch with the family and offer their services in exchange for 30% to 40%,” said Liu Di, who is setting up a social network for medical professionals.

[L.A. Times]

{ 2 comments }

1 Black Death 10.27.11 at 2:01 pm

Is their system really so different from ours?

I especially like the contingency fees for the rental thugs.

2 Eric T. 10.29.11 at 4:47 pm

In jury selection, part of my standard comments regarding the justice system is that the courthouse is a substitute for vigilante justice. Without you, the jurors, we would have anarchy with people taking matters into their own hands.

That article is a perfect example.

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