Tort Reform in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

By Peter DePaolis

The argument over tort reform often centers on medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors and other health care providers. When a patient suffers injuries by a doctor’s negligent acts, he or she can recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages in some states. Maryland allows punitive damage awards in certain circumstances.

Advocates of tort reform in medical malpractice cases argue that tort reform will cut costs by eliminating high-dollar jury verdicts in medical malpractice lawsuits. The high rewards increase medical malpractice insurance premiums for doctors, which are passed to the consumer, argue proponents.

In reality, injuries from medical malpractice injuries can be some of the most severe and expensive in terms of long-term treatment. Medical malpractice injuries during childbirth will affect the child for the rest of his or her life. In those cases, it is difficult to tell a victim that their right to a fair recovery is limited. Tort reform limits a victim’s right to their day in court and a trial by a jury of their peers.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.