AAJ Statement on White House / HHS Medical Liability Memo

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For Immediate Release: September 17, 2009

Contact: Ray De Lorenzi
202-965-3500, ext. 369
media.replies@justice.org

AAJ Statement on White House / HHS Medical Liability Memo

The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Anthony Tarricone:

Washington, DC—“Any changes to the malpractice system must focus on patient safety and preventable medical errors, not limiting patients’ legal rights.

“The goals outlined by the White House – such as reducing the number of injuries, fostering better communication, compensating patients quicker, and reducing doctors’ premiums – move the debate in the right direction. 

“However, 46 states have already enacted tort reform and health care costs continue to hurt the pocketbooks of American families.  Because of these tort reforms, patients injured through no fault of their own are often unable to seek justice.

“It is critical that these demonstration projects preserve Americans’ 7th Amendment right to a trial by jury.  The details matter significantly, but any efforts to limit patients’ rights are not acceptable.  Promoting greater patient safety and reducing preventable medical errors are tenets doctors, attorneys, hospitals, and all Americans can support.”

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