The so-called HEALTH Act does nothing more than ensure that insurance companies remain financially healthy regardless of who suffers from the negligence of medical practitioners.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 27, 2012
Illinois medical malpractice lawyer Patrick A. Salvi today reiterated his firm’s opposition to a federal bill to cap damages in medical negligence lawsuits, calling the HEALTH Act a bill that would harm patients’ rights and benefit insurance companies.
The Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act, or H.R. 5, caps noneconomic damages, such as for pain and suffering, at $250,000 in any personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit alleging medical negligence, nursing home abuse or neglect or harm suffered from defective drugs or medical devices.
The bill recently passed the House and is before the Senate for consideration.
“The so-called HEALTH Act does nothing more than ensure that insurance companies remain financially healthy regardless of who suffers from the negligence of medical practitioners,” said Salvi, the managing equity partner of the Chicago medical malpractice law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. He also is a former president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
“This flawed anti-consumer, anti-patient bill should be rejected by the Senate,” Salvi said.
The bill would also limit punitive damages to the greater of two times the amount of economic damages or $250,000, and it would deny punitive damages in the case of any product approved, cleared or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or considered to be in compliance with FDA standards.
“Insurance companies are the only beneficiaries of this bill,” Salvi said. “There is no evidence that caps on damages lower malpractice insurance premiums for hospitals or doctors. This bill would, at best, have a negligible impact on the cost of healthcare.”
Salvi, whose firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of medical malpractice throughout Chicago, Waukegan and Cook and Lake counties, said it is the victims of medical errors and hospital negligence whose needs should be the focus of elected officials.
“The people we represent have suffered debilitating injuries that limit their ability to work for a living and otherwise enjoy a variety of major life activities,” Salvi said. “Others have lost loved ones.
“The HEALTH Act is meant to protect large corporations’ profit margins. We call on members of the U.S. Senate to think hard about who they stand with and vote against this bill.”
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 features recoveries of more than $630 million on behalf of its clients, including more than 180 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. To learn more about Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., call (847) 249-1227 or use the firm’s online form.