One of the popular myths being perpetuated by tort reform advocates is that health insurance premiums have increased substantially due to an increase in medical malpractice claims and payouts. This is false, especially in Virginia (VA).
Virginia (VA) medical malpractice claims are actually below the national average and have been stagnate the past two years.
Even more confounding is the notion that in order to solve this problem, we need to place more restrictions on medical malpractice claims. People need to realize there are already caps on damages in Virginia (VA) and some level of tort caps in 45 other states.
Another popular inaccuracy is that the courts are inundated with frivolous law suits. This is also false. A Harvard study showed that 97 percent of all medical malpractice claims have merit.
As an injury lawyer who regularly represents victims in medical malpractice cases, I get so frustrated when the facts get distorted and people fail to see the real issue at hand. Whats the real issue? The fact that nearly 100,000 people die every year due to preventable medical errors. This is the real injustice and we need to do something to correct this problem. Lets stop vilifying lawyers with incorrect rhetoric and actually talk about important issues to help save peoples lives.
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