AAJ CEO Discusses Malpractice Caps With Mike Papantonio

American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen was recently a guest on the Ring of Fire Show with Mike Papantonio to discuss how malpractice caps, specifically California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), harm patients. 

Preventable medical errors kill up to 444,000 people every year. This is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and carries a $29 billion a year price tag for taxpayers.

Despite this serious epidemic, corporate front groups have been working hard in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures throughout the country to limit accountability and access to the civil justice system when patients are harmed or killed by medical errors.

One of the ways accountability is limited is through imposing one-size-fits-all caps on damages for medical errors. When these errors occur, having caps on what a patient can receive is an injustice that denies the rights of victims and removes incentives to improve patient safety.

California was the first state to pass a law imposing caps on the victims of medical errors. But now an effort is underway to help patients’ access to justice.

“What our nation should be focused on is safety and preventing the injury from occurring in the first place,” Lipsen said in her interview. “To have that law continue to discriminate and hurt people that are horribly injured because of medical negligence is just wrong.”

To watch the full interview, click the video above