Legislation could stifle valid claims and limit patients' compensation.
We have written in the past about the myth of a medical malpractice crisis. Now the new Congress and incoming White House administration are talking again about "frivolous" lawsuits against doctors and the need for tort reform.
First of all, medical malpractice lawsuits are almost never frivolous. And complaints by some lawmakers about an avalanche of jury awards and skyrocketing rates for malpractice insurance are just fake news. Industry experts say there is no crisis - medical lawsuits and malpractice premiums have actually declined.
Victims of malpractice do not get rich. But doctors, medical centers and insurance companies do benefit financially from tort reform, by making it harder to sue or placing artificial caps on monetary damages.