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Action Alert: Justice Caucus Joins Fight to Protect Rights of Victims of Medical Errors


By Nan Melke - Posted on 15 July 2012

 

Justice Caucus members from around the state will gather at the Michigan Senate Insurance Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 to urge the defeat of legislation designed to limit the ability of victims of medical errors to seek remedies in court. State Senate bills SB 1115, 1116, 1117 and 1118 are designed to deny victims of medical malpractice any remedies for their injuries. This legislation is another attempt to shield the insurance industry instead of working for victims and their families. The hearing will be held:

Senate Insurance Committee

1st Floor Committee room, Boji Tower

124 W. Allegan

Lansing, MI  48933

[Note: The Justice Caucus asks its members to arrive at 8 am  in casual dress with white shirts]

Medical malpractice statistics in the United States are staggering. The Institute of Medicine estimates that are 44,000 to 98,000 deaths annually are due to medical errors that could have been prevented. The Center for Disease Control reports that in American hospitals 1.7 million infections occur and that 99,000 deaths are associated with those infections. The proposed legislation would shut the courthouse door to victims of medical errors.

The proponents of these bills are attempting to solve problems that do not exist.  Bureau of Justice Statistics for the U.S. Department of Justice reports that in 2001only 27% of plaintiffs won their case 75 of largest counties in the United States.  Legislators should focus on making health care more affordable and protecting patients and their families from medical errors.

The Justice Caucus calls upon all its members to join consumers, victims of medical errors, family members, medical providers and concerned citizens on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the State Capitol to fight this attempt to limit access to the courts for medical malpractice victims.