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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Approved by attorney Justin Beall