The Ugly Side of Tort Reform

Texas passed damage caps and other legal “reform” measures and now people are starting to understand the harm that we predicted would occur.

This article explains the costs.

An excerpt: “But the reforms have exacted a high price, particularly among the very old and very young, patient advocates say. Because they can’t ask juries for large pain and suffering awards anymore, lawyers now look for cases in which a patient or survivors have suffered a large economic loss – generally, lost wages as a result of injury or death. Complex malpractice cases can cost $100,000 to prepare. If injured patients’ best earning days are behind them, or the patient is a child whose future income is impossible to predict, the potential rewards may be too small to make the case worth filing.”

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