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Interview with the president of ATLA: the other side of the so-called medical malpractice crisis

The president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) recently defended lawyers who are being unfairly targeted as sole reasons of rising healthcare costs. Although the Senate recently correctly rejected a bill to cap damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, Suggs states that politicians are using tort reform as a way to raise money for their presidential platforms.

Suggs suggests that insurance companies deserve the blame and are profiting from increased medical malpractice premiums. Moreover, the parties most often neglected in the debate are those who are permanently and severely injured due to a physician’s negligence. For these individuals and families, no amount of money will ever be enough to compensate them for their loss. With medical malpractice lawsuit caps, they are limited from obtaining justice.

Suggs provides the following statistics to demonstrate that attorneys do not deserve blame for the so-called medical malpractice crisis:
• Medical malpractice payouts have remained flat for more than 10 years, and over the last four years have been dropping.
• Between 2001 and 2004, the number of payouts on behalf of doctors fell about 14 percent.

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