Medical malpractice and nursing home lawsuits are becoming common in the United States. It is not because consumers are filing frivolous lawsuits. Instead, it is due to the number of aging individuals flooding nursing homes, and the strained capacity of the medical industry.
Recently, there has been talk of limiting non-economic damages in nursing home abuse and medical malpractice lawsuits. However, polls examining the issues found that most Americans are against such limitations.
The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 24, 2017. It establishes provisions for health care lawsuits where the federal government provided care via tax benefit or subsidy. The non-economic damages would be limited to just $250,000, if the bill were to pass.
The poll from the Public Policy Polling (PPP) released information from phone polling in March based on HR 1215 – the House’s bill that will be voted on in the next few weeks. HR 1215’s primary goal is to limit non-economic damages in medical malpractice and nursing home abuse cases to $250,000 maximum.
The PPP asked the same set of questions to 500 – 700 registered voters in seven different red states and purple states (i.e., states that voted for both Democrats and Republicans in the last few elections). The polling distribution was intentional, because Republicans tend to lead toward tort reform and limits on lawsuits to protect corporations.
PPP polled voters in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Alabama, and Arizona. The pollsters found that support for HR 1215 was nearly non-existent. In fact, 60 percent of those polled were not for the bill.
There was also an impressive number of voters in each state who felt that nursing homes should be held accountable when a loved one is injured or dies due to the facility’s negligence. Seventy-seven percent of Floridians agreed, while 86 percent of residents in Georgia agreed. Furthermore, each state’s opposition for HR 1215 grew stronger when more information was given to the voter by the polling professional on the phone.
Here are the surprising polling results for HR 1215:
There are numerous voices opposing HR 1215; therefore, it is imperative that lawmakers consider their actions. PPP also found that, regardless of affiliation, 58 percent of those polled would not vote for the same lawmaker for re-election if he or she supports HR 1215.
Bottom line: Businesses can get away with acts of negligence, and are often not held accountable for their actions. Consumers are fed up with such allowances, which means that if HR 1215 were to pass, lawmakers could be in for a rude awakening.
If you or your loved one were injured by negligent nursing home staff or medical professionals, contact us today. Let the personal injury attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis, & Lightfoot, LLP fight for any compensation you are eligible for.