7.10.2007

Tort Reform Works?

Story. And is it just me, but are we seeing more and more advertisements by doctors in the local paper? There seems to be a ton of them these days.

8 comments:

TXsharon said...

Hypocrisy = Gregg Abbott.

In 1984, Greg Abbott was paralyzed when a tree branch fell on him. He was jogging in a wealthy area of Houston.

Abbott filed a personal injury lawsuit against the homeowner and settled the lawsuit.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Abbott will receive over $10 million in his lifetime from the lawsuit based mainly on mental anguish.

Later, Abbott pushed legislation that now limits what Texans can receive in personal injury lawsuits.

Stop Lawsuit Abuse—Or I'll Sue

Anonymous said...

Doctors are like everyone else they are seeking some protection from lawyers.

Drive the perimeter of Cook Children's Medical Center and you will find lawyer after lawyer after lawyer.

Circle the courthouse in Decatur and you will find lawyer after lawyer after lawyer.

It's like buzzards circling a carcass.

Barry - you posted a story not long ago about a new law school opening where even you questioned the need for more lawyers.

Trust me, if the doctors come to Texas with a desire to heal you can be assured it will spawn an influx of lawyers to chase them back out.

Anonymous said...

John Edwards is not welcome to practice in Texas, thank God.

Anonymous said...

The other thing the constitutional amendment did that most people don't know is even if you sue and win some small amount you can't sue for your attorney fees.

Anonymous said...

It's good to know free medical equipment is available off of craigslist. That should help keep the start up costs down for these new folks.

PS, anyone interested in some lightly used tongue depressors??? They've only been used once each.

Anonymous said...

I am waiting for the obligatory cheap shot at Bridgeport Doctors’ Hospital.

Come on don’t disappoint me.

Anonymous said...

While everyone is attacking lawyers in a post that deals with an influx of doctors, I think it's important to point out that tort reform has changed nothing - except to allow doctors to perform slipshod medicine without the fear of repercussions - and "the laying on of hands" is no longer a part of practicing modern medicine.

I know too many people whose lives have been destroyed or lost by doctors who have failed to palpate areas of pain to assess potential problems or to pay attention to the problem presented, choosing instead to stand in the room for a maximum of 60 seconds, write a prescription and move on to the next patient. My last visit to the doctor consisted of 1.5 hours in the waiting room, 45 minutes in the exam room, and 5 minutes with the doctor for a wound check and rebandage - and I had an appointment. This is not good medicine. You cannot cure the problem by covering up the symptoms.

And don't get me started on the cost of medicine, which we were promised would go down once those frivolous lawsuits were put to an end. My health insurance premiums continue to rise while my insurance continually covers less and less. Several years ago I went to the emergency room for stitches - $25. Last month - $375.

The inability of the board to keep up with the number of applicants moving into Texas means that those who have committed serious malpractice in other states will simply set up shop in small town Decatur, where no one will know about the gross negligence they committed in Illinois.

None of this is good medicine and certainly does not benefit our citizens in any way. Tort reform has failed us miserably, and continues to do so.

Anonymous said...

As regards vagabond doctors running from their legal history in other states: IT JUST AIN'T SO.

The National Practitioners Databank (NPDB) is where all successful actions against ALL physicians are logged. Before he/she can get a state license, or even a job at another hospital, the doctor's name is run thru this database.

OOPS. So much for your theory re: BAD doctors running to TX.