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Department of Health and Human Services Plans to Fund $25 Million in Tort Reform

The White House has followed up on President’s Obama’s pledge to reform medical malpractice law. They are authorizing state demonstration projects to test new ideas. This may create problems for the thousands of people injured by medical error every week. Trial attorneys say they hope that patients are not punished through these new tort reforms. President of the American Association for Justice stated that “Any changes to the malpractice system must focus on patient safety and preventable medical errors, not limiting patient’s rights.” He points out that forty-six states have already enacted tort reform, and these health care costs continue to hurt victims of medical malpractice. Due to these tort reforms, patients injured through no fault of their own are often unable to seek justice. To read more about the tort reform, please click the link.