In the ongoing debate over health care reform, critics are increasingly citing the lack of tort reform as a major deficiency of the current proposals floating around Congress. Republicans are using conservatives to seek tort reform to shield corporate malefactors from full accountability for their wrongdoing. Corporate interests have a vested interest in keeping the tide of public opinion running against trial lawyers because it deflects the widespread problem of negligent and reckless conduct that injures consumers. Currently 98,000 people die annually from preventable medical errors which places medical malpractice as the sixth leading cause of death in America. This immediately places victims and their families at the hands of the court system in order to achieve justice. Under the 7th amendment, victims should be guaranteed a fair trial before a jury. However Republicans are looking to infringe upon this right by enacting tort reform. Contact your local representative and inform them that trial rights should not be diminished and fight for the victims of medical malpractice. To read more about tort reform, please click the link.