Health care workers who were not properly trained in malpractice law are at greater risk of being sued by businesses for negligence than employees who have been properly trained, according to a new report from the nonprofit watchdog group Consumer Watchdog.
The report, titled “How to Properly File an Unfair Dismissal Claim,” finds that nearly 40 percent of malpractice lawsuits filed against businesses between 2001 and 2014 involved workers who had not been properly certified in the legal definition of malcontent, according the report.
The number of cases filed against workers with malcontent in 2014 was almost five times higher than the number of workers who filed malcontent claims during the same time period in the previous decade, the watchdog group found.
According to the report, more than half of all malcontent lawsuits filed in the United States are filed by workers who lacked medical training.
This includes workers who have a history of injury and who had their training for occupational safety and health discontinued because they were unable to complete the training.
The nonprofit watchdog says there are nearly 2.4 million workers in the U.S. who have had their medical training canceled, while nearly 3 million workers who did not have training at all were also sued.
The group said it found that most malcontent workers who lost their training due to medical negligence are being sued for more than $50,000 per case.
This represents a significant increase from just 1.6 percent of cases in the past decade, according a report last year by the Consumer Federation of America.
While the report does not name specific firms, the Consumer Watchdogs found that about two-thirds of the malcontent cases filed in 2015 were filed by companies with a medical-care unit.
This group includes large health insurers, hospitals, nursing homes, hospitals affiliated with private companies, hospitals owned by nursing homes and other health care providers.
The majority of cases were filed against hospitals owned and operated by large medical-surgical groups, such as the AARP, the American Medical Association, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Hospital Association.