Radiology Firing Line Podcasts

The Rise of Litigation in the US


How did Americans become so litigious? What is the rationale of tort? Will tort reform work? I discuss these questions with Walter Olson, senior scholar at the Cato Institute, and author of the book, Litigation Explosion. 

Listen to our discussion on the Radiology Firing Line Series, hosted by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, and sponsored by Healthcare Administrative Partners.

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That was an interesting discussion. What I wonder about is to what extent U.S. practice patterns incorporate our greater litigiousness and how do they compare to practice patterns in other developed countries. I know that the average hospital length of stay in the U.S. is, on average, no longer or even shorter than the length of stay in most other countries but much more happens to the patient while they’re in the hospital. Why is that? It’s also worth noting that patients don’t mind tests that are not painful or invasive as long as they don’t have to pay for… Read more »


Just three observations. So, who really pays the bills for a hospital: probably pathology, radiology and surgery. Second, does a State’s number of attorneys per citizen apply? And finally, who really controls the legislature in the States with the highest pain and suffering awards? Hint: see State law process for medical Tort liability in Nebraska.