We need a system that compensates truly injured victims quickly and fairly, while protecting our healthcare system from being destroyed by personal injury lawyers and abusive lawsuits.
Successful reform will:
- Weed out junk lawsuits. Abusive lawsuits are clogging our courts and too many people who are not harmed are taking money away from those who truly have been injured.
- Put more money in the hands of injured patients instead of the pockets of personal injury lawyers.
- The Department of Health and Human Services found that when a patient does decide to go into the litigation system, 57 - 70 percent of cases result in no payment for the patient. (Testimony presented by the Physician Insurers Association of America before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law before the House Judiciary Committee, June 12, 2002)
- On average, successful litigation claimants must wait 1,825 days for compensation after their injury takes place. (Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law before the House Judiciary Committee, testimony presented by Physicians Insurance Association, June 12, 2002)
- Allow valuable healthcare dollars to be used for patient care instead of defensive medicine and litigation expenses.
- An average of $50 million is spent annually on unnecessary test procedures designed only to guard doctors and hospitals against malpractice claims. ("Do Doctors Practice Defensive Medicine?" Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1996)
- Encourage better healthcare by stopping the culture of litigation.