According to statistics,
medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Almost a half
million people die as a result of easily preventable health care mistakes,
such as misdiagnosis, incorrect medication dosage, or improper intubation.
People often trust their physicians implicitly, not knowing that years
of education and practice mean nothing when a doctor is distracted or
careless. Congress will soon be voting on a new resolution that would
impose federal restrictions on cases of medical malpractice and nursing
home abuse. In our
March newsletter, our Greenville personal injury attorneys explain how important accountability
in medicine is and how this new bill would harm individuals across the
House Resolution 1215
In late March, Congress will vote on a bill which will place a cap on the
maximum amount an individual or family could sue for damages. Those who
support the resolution argue the caps would prevent people from bringing
frivolous suits into court in pursuit of money. They also claim the caps
would lower overall healthcare costs. However, studies already show these
two points have little basis in evidence. The bill does nothing more than
protect insurance companies and big corporations from accountability.
What is perhaps most alarming about this resolution is that it would override
state laws that already protect consumers and patients. Instead of allowing
states to protect their own citizens, this bill would impose an overreaching
policy which would shield corporate healthcare without regard to the patients
affected by medical negligence.
We Should Protect the Vulnerable
One of the most important things at stake is the health and wellness of
our elderly. Under the new bill, if caretakers are abusing and mistreating
seniors in nursing homes, they wouldn’t be held accountable. Medical
negligence suits are rarely about greed. Most of them happen because a
medical professional, who should be trustworthy, failed in their job and
caused undue suffering.
Read more about how you can help prevent this bill from passing in our
Greenville personal injury attorneys at Christian & Davis LLC can assist you with your case and will work
tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. To talk to us about
your situation, call us at (864) 408-8890 or
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