On June 28, 2017, the U.S. House voted on and passed H.B. 1215. The misnamed
bill, “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017”, strips patients
and nursing home residents on their rights to pursue litigation in case
of injuries or death caused by medical negligence, abuse, or use of dangerous
products. It barely slipped past with a small margin of 218-210, with
opposite from 19 House Republicans and resistance from all House Democrats.
Senate understands just how highly contested this bill is, as it does
not have bipartisan support. We at George & Farinas are wholeheartedly
against this bills as it strips the American people of the rights they
are entitled to.
Never have so many Republicans case so many “no” votes on a
tort reform bill, and it is no surprise it is moving to the Senate. H.B.
1215 Along with the American Association of Justice, we at George &
Farinas intend to follow this medical malpractice bill in its entirety.
We deeply oppose any form of capping in terms of patients’ rights,
especially when there are lives on the line. The main point of disagreement
is the fact that this bills completely eradicates states’ rights,
as states are no longer able to establish their own laws on the matter
of noneconomic damages awards to victims, such as pain and suffering.
This cap is deemed unconstitutional by over two dozen states, including
Washington and Florida. It’s no surprise this intense increase of
federal authority is met with such strong opposition. Likened to “constitutional
malpractice”, the Center for Justice & Democracy also strongly
condemned this bill’s passing due to the undoubtedly devastating
affects it will have on people who have suffered from medical malpractice--including
the elderly, children, and sexual abuse victims.
If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of another’s neglect,
we at George & Farinas are committed to defending you and fighting
for your compensation. Despite the obstacles you may be facing, we are
determined to ensure you are taken care of after suffering traumatic abuses
or injuries at the hands of another. We are an experienced and skilled
group of legal professionals who work tirelessly to pursue justice on
your behalf, and we find it is our duty to tackle the difficulties of
your case as you focus on healing as soon as possible. Don’t face
these intimidating corporations or organizations on your own--you can
rest assured you are in strong and capable hands with us on your side.
To speak to a representative today, call us at (888) 277-0500.