Hold your legislators and candidates accountable. Ask them where they stand on lawsuit abuse.
If you're sick of lawsuits that threaten your healthcare, send a loud and clear message to your elected officials and candidates for elected office. Let lawmakers know you care about this issue - expect them to work for reform and hold them accountable if they don't.
What To Do
- Go to a candidate debate, a forum or a town hall meeting and ask your legislator or candidate if they stand with consumers or with personal injury lawyers.
- Write letters and make calls to your elected officials.
- Take advantage of radio or television call-in programs to raise the issue.
Following are some questions you can ask to find out if your legislator or candidate support commonsense reform that will help stop lawsuit abuse:
- Do you agree that frivolous lawsuits and excessive damage awards are problematic?
- Do you favor reasonable limits on the amount of money juries can award for punitive and non-economic damages - those damages that are in excess of medical costs and lost income?
- Should courts have stricter standards to ensure that verdicts are based on scientific facts and not "junk science"?
- Do you agree that a lawyer should be required to have a plaintiff and proof of harm before filing a lawsuit?