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Caps on Malpractice Awards Not the Answer to Healthcare Crisis

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Sep-2009

 

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire

President Obama’s approach to medical malpractice laws is seen as "differing fundamentally" from idea of limiting awards, according to The Washington Post (9/11, Goldstein).  "When President Obama broached medical malpractice laws in his speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, it was one of the few times that Republican lawmakers stood to applaud. But the ideas the president embraced stopped considerably short of the federal limits on awards in malpractice lawsuits that the GOP and the nation’s physicians have sought for years." The examples "the White House gave of state experiments are among a constellation of ideas that have been advocated by the Institute of Medicine, some members of Congress and a growing number of states to reduce the number of malpractice cases that reach the courts. These ideas differ fundamentally from the main way that Republicans want to revise the malpractice system: creating federal caps on the amount of money that juries and judges can award patients who win lawsuits." The Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office "have examined whether medical malpractice issues add to health-care spending and concluded in recent years that the link is tenuous."

We believe that the rights of Americans to equal justice, including the right to have access to the court system, should not be stifled by politicians who are tied to interests groups that put profits over people.  Those that have been injured due to the carelessness of others and no wrongdoing of their own need our help the most. 

About the author:

Mr. Zambri has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area.  The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including medical malpractice actions.   He has also been named a "DC Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.  If you need a patient advocate, we recommend that you read an article about medical malpractice claims authored by senior partner Salvatore Zambri.

If you want more information about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at szambri@reganfirm.com or call him at 202-822-1899. 

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