Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tort Reform is Not the solution!

I am one of the most conservative guys you will ever meet. But I am a lawyer for injured people.

I understand that medical costs are rising. But bargaining away the legal rights of patients will do nothing to cover the uninsured or lower health care costs.

In reality, medical negligence lawsuits are few and far between, hardly contributing to health care costs.

However, 98,000 patients are killed annually by preventable medical errors. That's like two 737s crashing every day for a whole year! Is it the 6th leading cause of death?

Really?

We need to be making strides in patient safety, not limiting the rights of patients who have been injured through no fault of their own. Insurance companies want the injured victims to bear the costs they do not want to pay. I'm sorry, haven't they already been hurt enough?

Tort law changes won't fix health care!