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Recent Cases Results

  • $2,300,000 – Brain Injury
  • $650,000 – Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $800,000 – Construction Injury
  • $570,000 – Medical Malpractice
  • $4,300,000 – Medical Malpractice
  • $4,100,000 - Construction
  • $4,000,000 - Medical Malpractice
  • $3,000,000 - Vehicle Accident
  • $950,000 - Birth Injury Malpractice
  • $5,860,000 Medical Malpractice - Wrongful Death
  • $1,800,000 - Product Liability
  • $4,000,000 - Medical Malpractice
  • $3,000,000 - Vehicle Accident
  • $950,000 - Birth Injury Malpractice
  • $7,500,000 - Premises Liability

Update on Tort Reform

Tort reform initiatives are gaining momentum.  As we have reported, several states are currently considering various tort reform initiatives that would cap the amount of damages that plaintiffs can recover in certain personal injury lawsuits, such as those involving allegations of medical malpractice.   The latest state to introduce tort reform legislation is Pennsylvania.  The proposed Pennsylvania legislation specifically targets Philadelphia, which has been has long been maligned by defendants in the personal injury lawsuits. Currently, plaintiffs are allowed to litigate their claims in Philadelphia from anywhere in the state, but under the proposed bill, Pennsylvania's local courts could only hear personal injury cases when the plaintiff is a resident, a corporation is locally headquartered, or the incident occurred in that district. Pennsylvania is also seeking to reform the way the state handles joint and several liability in personal injury actions.  In June 2011, Pennsylvania limited joint and several liability damages to a defendant's share of the verdict if the defendant was less than 60% liable.  Previously, plaintiffs were allowed to recover for 100% of their award from any defendant, even those who were minimally liable. Other state governments that are considering tort reform include Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Texas.  For instance, Texas governor Rick Perry wants to limit non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, at $250,000 in medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors and $750,000 for medical malpractice lawsuits against hospitals.  Proponents of tort reform believe that limiting recovery in medical malpractice cases will help the nation's health care system by reducing malpractice insurance costs for doctors and health care providers.   Gov. Perry's personal injury reform initiatives in Texas began in 2003 with the passage of legislation that limited the amount of money a plaintiff could receive in a medical malprUpdate on Tort Reformactice lawsuit. Tort reform initiatives, such as those that seek to impose damage caps, face a number of hurdles, however.  Caps on damages may be deemed unconstitutional since the Seventh Amendment guarantees the right to a trial by jury in civil cases based on common law, which imposes no caps on civil trial damage awards by juries.  Moreover, medical malpractice tort reform undoubtedly hurts patients and the public by failing to hold doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals financially responsible for their injuries or deaths that they have caused.  As we recently reported, the vast majority of personal injury lawsuits are not frivolous.  In fact, a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health analyzing more than 1,400 medical malpractice claims concluded that the majority of medical malpractice claims were meritorious and involved "injuries due to error," with 80% involving death or serious injury.   Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.