Limiting malpractice damages is unfair

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re “Jahi's fight for life turns political” (Forum, Dan Morain, Jan. 5): Limiting medical malpractice lawsuit damages to $250,000 is well-intended but unrealistic. Surely, we need to reduce medical costs in every way we can. However, such a limit would be unfair for those who suffer on account of gross negligence and incompetence. Larger settlements not only benefit the recipients, but also serve to instill greater levels of caution and responsibility in all medical practice. Perhaps a settlement cap can work if it applies only to those cases in which circumstantial, but no hard evidence of malpractice can be found. Patients also need to be responsible, taking the time to clearly understand the risks of any procedure. Medicine cannot be viewed as a service with iron-clad guarantees.

-- Mike Nofz, Green Lake, Wis.

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