Being injured by the negligence of a health care provider is expensive. Medical malpractice costs add up when one considers not only medical bills but also missed work, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and all of the other potential costs of a serious injury or death. Yet the innocent image of the injured patient is rarely what an average American thinks of when he or she thinks of a malpractice case. Thanks to misleading and confusing industry imaging, there is instead a false image of medical malpractice plaintiffs that needs to be challenged.
West Virginia Survey Shows People Mistakenly Favor “Tort Reform”
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph, a West Virginia newspaper, recently reported on the state of so-called “tort reform” and public opinions regarding whether it is needed. Their report cited a recent study done by an anti-plaintiff organization that showed that a majority of people in West Virginia support “tort reform.” Half of the people surveyed thought for some reason that “tort reform” would improve the state's economy, and nearly three quarters thought it would improve the job market. While its understandable that voters would care passionately about the economy, it seems wrong on its face that they would then favor tort reform. While economic improvement does require a certain level of allowing responsible businesses to make profitable decisions, that is not what “tort reform” does.
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