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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Medical Malpractice Survivors Are Not Frivolous

Families from nine states, including many who have been catastrophically injured due to medical malpractice, traveled to Washington, D.C. yesterday to ask Congress to ensure that the much-needed health care bill does not strip injured patients of their legal rights. Standing in front of the U.S. Capitol wearing buttons proclaiming “I am not frivolous” the malpractice survivors also thanked lawmakers who stood with them at a news conference today, including U.S. House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA).

The survivors shared poignant stories about their experiences with the health care system and emphasized the need to improve patient safety and all patients access to justice. “I hope the entire U.S. Congress takes their lead by focusing their attention on preventing these tragedies from happening and protecting the legal rights of all Americans,” said Lisa Gourley of Nebraska, whose son Colin was brain-damaged at birth as a result of a doctor’s negligence.

"Expanding access to health care for millions of uninsured Americans should not be coupled with blocking access to justice for injured patients in a blatant attempt to insulate insurance companies from responsibility for valid malpractice claims," said Nan Aron, President of Alliance for Justice.


weensiegirl said...

My mammogram was misread 2 years in a row. Consequently, my tumors grew and I was finally diagnosed with a Stage III breas cancer. I do not consider myself frivolous but a seeker of justice for malpractice.

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