The trends suggest “no.” Lower medical malpractice lawsuits and claims began before the “tort reform” began. This indicates there was never really a “crisis” in the first place. Despite this fact, states around the country continue to implement “tort reforms” to limit the rights of victims of medical malpractice and hinder justice. In fact, in 2005, the Illinois legislature passed a cap on non-economic damages in Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits rather than letting a jury decide the proper justice. Currently, Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits’ non-economic damages are limited to $500,000 against individual doctors and $1 million against hospitals.
This editorial asks how these changes can happen without careful examination of the facts by legislatures.
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