There is no end in sight to the frequency with which healthcare providers become lawsuit targets in our litigious society. While politicians, practitioners, insurance companies and trial attorneys debate the nation's "malpractice crisis", suits continue to be filed. In addition, once COVID-19 is behind us and the unprecedented public support for healthcare providers wanes, as it will, it is anticipated that physicians and nurses will become malpractice defendants to a remarkable degree.
Public fact-finding committees and investigative bodies, which may be charged with the responsibility of pursing a solution, likely will never achieve a global remedy to the "malpractice crisis". Legislation has not ever universally curtailed baseless malpractice suits or grossly excessive monetary verdicts. Another approach exists, however.
Healthcare providers can impact the existing system and influence the malpractice environment in a tangible, positive and powerful fashion. Although there will be a debate over tort reform in order to bring some degree of protection to the malpractice defendant, individual case success, defined from the defendant's perspective as a "no cause" trial verdict, can be realized if well-credentialed and experienced healthcare professionals are willing to assist the malpractice defense bar as expert witnesses. The benefits to the healthcare community and the individuals who are willing to participate are innumerable and worth considering.
About the Author
Jeffrey A. Krompier, Esq. is the founder of Krompier & Tamn, L.L.C. (www.krompiertamn.com) and its senior attorney. Mr. Krompier has more than 35 years of litigation experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Krompier has been certified and recertified five times by the New jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney. In 2012, he received certification in Civil Trial Advocacy by the ABA accredited National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. In 2017, Mr. Krompier was recertified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Pretrial Practice Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates with Advocate ranking and is a lifetime charter member of Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America. For the last 14 consecutive years (2007-2020) he was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer and has been listed in Super Lawyers magazine corporate counsel (2009-2011) and business (2011-2018) editions. In 2014, Mr. Krompier was named an Elite American Lawyer and honored for excellence in the law (2014-2015) by Worldwide Registry. In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 he was named one of America's Most Honored Professionals by the American Registry. In addition, Mr. Krompier is a named expert in the field of medical and dental malpractice defense litigation by Worldwide Who's Who and in 2015 became a lifetime member of Trademark Who's Who Honors Edition. In 2017, he was included in Worldwide Publishing's "Top Lawyers - The Secrets to Their Success." In 2018 and 2019, Mr. Krompier was named one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for New Jersey. He also was named one of America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for New Jersey. Mr. Krompier is a member of the New Jersey Bar (1980) and the New York Bar (1988) and has been admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of NJ (1980) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1986).