Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Comments on Study Finding No Cost Benefits from Tort Reform

Attorney Patrick A. Salvi of Chicago’s Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says a new study shows that a 2003 Texas constitutional amendment to cap jury awards has only limited the rights of those harmed by medical error and negligence.

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Chicago medical malpractice lawyer Patrick A. Salvi

We would like to see the results of these studies and others like them stop the attacks on Americans’ rights to legal recourse when they have been harmed by medical malpractice or hospital negligence.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 19, 2012

Chicago medical malpractice lawyer Patrick A. Salvi said today that researchers’ analysis of a Texas constitutional amendment that limits payouts in medical malpractice lawsuits indicates that tort reform does not reduce the cost of medical care.

The Austin American-Statesman recently reported on a study by academic researchers who concluded that despite Texas limiting payouts in medical malpractice lawsuits in 2003, there had been no reduction in Medicare payments for seniors’ and disabled patients’ doctors’ fees in Texas counties between 2002 and 2009.

The study was conducted by researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago, the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, and the University of Texas at Austin, and it was funded by the universities. The study appeared in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. The research team consisted of two Republicans, a Democrat and a foreign national, the newspaper said.

“If tort reform is, as its proponents say, meant to control the cost of medical care, then tort reform has been shown to be a failure in Texas,” said Salvi, managing equity partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., a leading Illinois medical malpractice law firm.

“As this new study shows, tort reform has simply stifled the rights of injured patients to seek financial redress and decreased the amount of awards in medical malpractice lawsuits,” Salvi said.

Proponents of the 2003 constitutional amendment in Texas argued that capping damage awards would curb malpractice lawsuits and insurance costs for doctors, and thereby reduce costs for patients while boosting their access to physicians, according to the American-Statesman.

However, the study’s authors found that medical costs may have actually risen faster in Texas than in other states since the tort reform measure was adopted. Public Citizen, the public policy group founded by Ralph Nader, said last fall that its analysis indicated that Medicare spending in Texas had risen much faster than the national average after tort reform, according to the newspaper.

“We would like to see the results of these studies and others like them stop the attacks on Americans’ rights to legal recourse when they have been harmed by medical malpractice or hospital negligence,” Salvi said.

Salvi’s law firm pursues personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of individuals in the Chicago, Waukegan, Cook County and Lake County areas who have been injured or have had family members die as a result of medical errors or negligence.

“At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, we have faith in the American civil justice system,” Salvi said. “Instead of putting the fate of people who have been severely injured by medical or hospital negligence in the hands of partisan politicians through so-called ‘tort reform,’ we believe juries should be the ones to decide these matters.”

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is a leading Illinois medical malpractice law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. The firm represents clients in matters involving emergency room errors, failure to diagnose, hospital negligence, physician error, birth injuries, surgical malpractice, anesthesia errors, organ puncture/perforation, post-operative and pre-operation malpractice and surgical complications. The firm’s success in medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death cases includes recoveries of more than $630 million on behalf of its clients, including more than 180 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. The firm’s Chicago office is located at 22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60602 (local phone (312) 372-1227). To learn more about Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., call (847) 249-1227 or use the firm’s online form.