A malpractice proposal in Ohio that makes a lot of sense

Mandatory pre-trial arbitration and loser pays. Cases would be resolved sooner, which would appropriately compensate patients injured by true medical malpractice more quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    So by creating yet another hurdle for the plaintiff people are going to get paid faster? Please tell us how that works Kevin. Are insurers not doing their homework now on the legit ones and this panel is going to cause them to reassess?

    And why did you leave out the highlights of this article? It spells out the true winners and losers very clearly:

    “Tim Maglione, senior director for government relations at the Ohio State Medical Association, said malpractice insurance rates have begun to stabilize at increases of about 5% to 10% annually, a much smaller hike than the 30% to 40% yearly increases seen from 2001 to 2003. The association is “neutral” on the arbitration legislation, Mr. Maglione said.”

    ONLY 5-10% – at least until the next “crisis”, I guess. And the losers?

    ““We are turning away more and more cases,” said Robert F. Linton Jr., a plaintiff attorney at Cleveland law firm Linton & Hirshman. “Unless they have a catastrophic injury or death with substantial economic damages, permanent disabilities, we just can’t afford to take these cases anymore.” He said his firm isn’t planning layoffs as it has other casework to make up for the decline.”

    It’s just injured people with no economic damages. They weren’t contributing anything to society anyway, eh, doctor?

  • Anonymous

    “We are turning away more and more cases,” said Robert F. Linton Jr., a plaintiff attorney at Cleveland law firm Linton & Hirshman. “Unless they have a catastrophic injury or death with substantial economic damages, permanent disabilities, we just can’t afford to take these cases anymore.” He said his firm isn’t planning layoffs as it has other casework to make up for the decline.”

    I guess it truly is just all about the money for the lawyers

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, physicians routinely spend $100K per patient.

    It’s funny to hear physicians lecture others about greed, when it is they who shut even the legitimately injured out of the courtroom so their premium INCREASES will only be 5-10% in favorable investing climates?

  • Anonymous

    What’s funny, is to listen to these posts back and forth between physician’s and Lawyer’s. You both claim your concern is for the patients when all either of you are concerned with is money. The patient is just a pawn stuck in the middle.

    Physicians don’t care if they cause harm, they only give it a thought when they are facing a lawsuit. Even then their thoughts are only for themselves.

    Lawyer’s couldn’t care less about Bobby Sue who is on public assistance. But, bring in the big CEO of a company, who is experiencing what he perceives as too many gas pains followoing gastro surgery, and the surgeon will get his a** sued off. After all, Bobby Sue isn’t giving up much from losing the wrong leg, so she probably wouldn’t get much.

    Play your games if you like, but stop using the patients as your pawns and tell it like it is for a change.

  • Anonymous

    “Physicians don’t care if they cause harm, they only give it a thought when they are facing a lawsuit. Even then their thoughts are only for themselves.”

    Anon 11:15,

    You are so full of shit. What a stupid, moronic and dumbass stereotypical statement you made.

  • Anonymous

    To be honest, reading the comments on this and similar blogs has led me to the same conclusion. Please don’t call me a moronic dumbass…

  • Anonymous

    What’s wrong with this picture:

    Physicians make big bucks.

    Lawyers make big bucks.

    Hospitals and the top executives thereof make big bucks.

    Insurance companies and the top executives thereof make big bucks.

    Judges and other government employees in the judicial system make big bucks.

    Welfare recipients, illegal aliens, and criminals receive free medical care.

    Average American working men and women, who pay for all the above largess, cannot afford medical care or insurance and face ruin if they get sick.

    A POX ON ALL OF YOU GREEDY BASTARDS!

  • Rita Schwab – MSSPNexus

    That’s what I like to see – comments that are intelligent, fair-minded and respectful…

  • John J. Coupal

    Some “Anonymous” posters act like the hooded terrorist whacking someone’s head off.

    “You don’t know who I am, so I can say anything I want.”

    It doesn’t take courage, only a desire to say what’s on one’s mind.

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