For Immediate Release: February 28, 2017

AAJ Response to President Trump's Misleading Statement on Medical Malpractice Liability in Joint Address to Congress

Contact:
Sarah Jones
Email:
sarah.jones@justice.org
Phone:
(202) 944-2853

Washington, D.C. - The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen in response to President Donald Trump's false assertion that medical malpractice liability reform would impact the costs of health insurance and drug prices:

"There is no evidence that rigging the legal system to strip Americans of their rights to hold wrongdoers accountable will lower the costs of health insurance.  In fact, studies have found that limiting consumer and patient rights may actually increase costs to patients." 

"We can be certain that depriving Americans of their rights to hold negligent health care providers, nursing home corporations, and drug companies accountable will have disastrous consequences for patients who are injured or killed by dangerous medical products or services. Americans harmed by the reckless actions of medical professionals have a right to hold the responsible parties accountable. If no one is accountable, no one is safe. The American Association for Justice stands strongly on the side of patients and will strive to protect their ability to enforce their rights." 

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