“Bury the lede” or “bury the lead” – it means the same thing: To put the crucial information at the end of a story. And that’s just what Forbes did with a recent story on medical malpractice.
The article checks all the right boxes that an article written by an M.D. about medical malpractice should: Defensive medicine, fear and uncertainty, unpredictability, etc. The author unsurprisingly concludes that we need some sort of legal reform to “fix” the system. But here is the buried lede:
While less than 5 percent of all medical errors lead to a malpractice claim, lengthy claims prolong the legal process, and in some cases, delay what may be just and fair compensation.
So only 5 out 100 medical errors result in a malpractice lawsuit? Sounds like the real medical malpractice crisis is that it’s rampant and unchecked.