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Over Half of Americans Favor Medical Malpractice Limits According to Poll - NYC Attorney Advises on Constitutional Right to Sue
Date:12/14/2009

A majority of Americans - 54 percent - are in favor of limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, according to an Associated Press poll conducted in November 2009 by Stanford University. In contrast, approximately one-third of those polled say that they are opposed. Public sentiment favors controlling health care costs, but linking malpractice reform to health care reform can deprive seriously injured patients a right to seek monetary damages and it will not address or solve the issue of rising health care costs.

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 14, 2009 -- A majority of Americans - 54 percent - are in favor of limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, according to an Associated Press poll conducted in November 2009 by Stanford University. In contrast, approximately one-third of those polled say that they are opposed. Public sentiment favors controlling health care costs, but linking malpractice reform to health care reform can deprive seriously injured patients a right to seek monetary damages and it will not address or solve the issue of rising health care costs.

“The growing outcry against medical malpractice suits will have the unfortunate effect of actually preventing patients who truly have been harmed from being compensated for their injuries,” said Paul Dansker, Esq., a New York City-based personal injury attorney.

“People should not feel so intimidated or swayed by the media that they avoid just legal action and set aside their constitutional right to a day in court,” he added.

The Institute of Medicine, a non-profit organization that provides unbiased, expert advice to decision makers and the public, estimates that up to 100,000 patients die in hospitals each year as a result of medical mistakes.

With a medical system that reimburses health care providers based on quantity rather than quality, it is likely that an even greater number o
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