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Updates on House Judicial Committee Medical Liability Hearing

Today members of the U.S. House Judicial Committee met to discuss issue related to medical liability and malpractice lawsuits. The hearing involved discussion of patients rights as well as repeated, misguided claims about the need to take away certain legal decisions from juries.

Many member of Congress stood tall in their support for the preservation of patient rights. For example, Representative Nadler made clear that all discussion of malpractice had to focus on the fact that 98,000 patients die each year because of preventable medical mistakes. Advocates for victims also explained that the claims regarding rising healthcare costs is not related to the judgments in malpractice cases.

The reality is that researchers consistently find that malpractice lawsuits and the proposed “reforms” would have little if any effect on healthcare costs. The vast majority of expenses in litigation are related to claims of merit.

Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti stand by our commitment to ensuring that patient rights are protected. Medical mistakes often permanently injure and destroy the lives of innocent patients-those victims deserve the same legal protections afforded to all those who suffer because of negligent conduct.

Our attorneys believe in the basic fairness of allowing our legal system to work as it should, with judges and juries hearing these disputes and deciding the appropriate course of action. A legislative decision that handcuffs the legal system’s ability to handle these cases does nothing but take away rights of suffering victims.

The American Association for Justice live-tweeted the proceedings-the running commentary on the hearing can be found Here.

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