The fictional medical malpractice lawsuit crisis is among the great lies, of which there are many, of the Republican Party. It is pure myth serving only to profit their donors in the insurance industry. And despite the fact that these same insurance companies are making historic profits while medical malpractice claims have been in steep decline, it is not enough. They want more!
Preventable medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. trailing only heart disease and cancer. It is estimated that over 400,000 patients die each year as a result of preventable medical error. That is more annual deaths per year than all U.S. wartime combat deaths combined. It dwarfs all other accidental deaths combined including guns, cars, drugs, falls, posion…
Yet rather than hold those responsible accountable for these deaths both for justice and prevention, the Republican Party (at the behest of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the medical industry and most of all the insurance industry) has chosen another path. That path has and remains the obstruction of justice for patients and families in order to shield medical providers and their insurance providers from responsibility.
Looking at the cabinet picks including, we can expect the same from the incoming administration at a much ramped up fervor. There has always been attack on the civil justice system by Republicans. Justice is just not a priority. Profits are.
So expect patients and families to face even more hurdles than they already do in the coming years. However, as much as some folks hate to hear it, trial lawyers will be the first line of defense against the coming attacks.
And despite the outlandish and irresponsible rhetoric of those who gladly see the demise of the civil justice system along with medical malpractice claims, Collins & Collins, P.C. stands ready to help patients and families facing a system already stacked against them. We can be reached at (505) 242-5958.
This is a pretty good article from Huffington Post addressing the coming threats to justice. There are a number of links below to reading related to the long and ongoing attack on patients and families.
Medical Malpractice And The Mind-Blowing Hypocrisy Of Obamacare RepealA few years ago, General Mills tricked its customers into forfeiting their legal rights to go to court if, for example, a child were poisoned by a tainted bowl of cereal. The public outcry was immediate. “How can they do that? Medical Malpractice And The Mind-Blowing Hypocrisy Of Obamacare Repeal – Huffington Post
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