Jessica's family's lawyer opposes medical mal. cap - page 4

Before Congress, Santillans' lawyer blasts malpractice award caps By Kyle Stock : The Herald-Sun Washington bureau Feb 27, 2003 : 7:14 pm ET WASHINGTON -- The lawyer for the 17-year-old... Read More

  1. by   delirium
    I should have been a lawyer. Maybe there's still time?
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm afraid I'm with the.....ulp!.......Republicans on this issue. Putting a limit on the ridiculous amounts of money awarded to people in these big malpractice cases is one of the best ways we have to cut down on the number of frivolous lawsuits AND maybe get a little bit of control over spiraling health care costs. Of course, if it had been one of my own children whose surgery was so badly botched, I'd sue, but a) my family is in this country legally, and b) I firmly believe that awards should be limited to the costs associated with care, as well as a few bucks extra to cover the funeral and, in the case of an adult, perhaps one year's income to help the family get through.

    It's not that I couldn't use a few million dollars---who couldn't?---but I don't see how pain and suffering can be quantified this way, and I don't know how anyone arrives at the point where x-amount of money can ease it for them.
  3. by   DebsZoo
    Originally posted by mjlrn97
    I'm afraid I'm with the.....ulp!.......Republicans on this issue. Putting a limit on the ridiculous amounts of money awarded to people in these big malpractice cases is one of the best ways we have to cut down on the number of frivolous lawsuits AND maybe get a little bit of control over spiraling health care costs. Of course, if it had been one of my own children whose surgery was so badly botched, I'd sue, but a) my family is in this country legally, and b) I firmly believe that awards should be limited to the costs associated with care, as well as a few bucks extra to cover the funeral and, in the case of an adult, perhaps one year's income to help the family get through.

    It's not that I couldn't use a few million dollars---who couldn't?---but I don't see how pain and suffering can be quantified this way, and I don't know how anyone arrives at the point where x-amount of money can ease it for them.

    Exactly!!


    <see, told y'all I am not eloquent :imbar >
  4. by   renerian
    While I do feel for the family they are not citizens here. Please..............free ticket maybe?

    renerian
  5. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by mjlrn97
    I'm afraid I'm with the.....ulp!.......Republicans on this issue. Putting a limit on the ridiculous amounts of money awarded to people in these big malpractice cases is one of the best ways we have to cut down on the number of frivolous lawsuits AND maybe get a little bit of control over spiraling health care costs. Of course, if it had been one of my own children whose surgery was so badly botched, I'd sue, but a) my family is in this country legally, and b) I firmly believe that awards should be limited to the costs associated with care, as well as a few bucks extra to cover the funeral and, in the case of an adult, perhaps one year's income to help the family get through.

    It's not that I couldn't use a few million dollars---who couldn't?---but I don't see how pain and suffering can be quantified this way, and I don't know how anyone arrives at the point where x-amount of money can ease it for them.
    So what if we have a nationwide scale and assign a monetary value to each type of injury?? For instance-cap at a million for death(I think a death is worth a million)-half a million for total disability-a quarter mil for blindness and say,accidental sterilization? Sounds like a heck of a plan to me....write your congressman

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