Unfortunately if you listen to politicians enough you start to quote them without realizing. More importantly, you start to believe this campaign fodder.
Wayne Brown responded, "Personal injury cases are a big part of what is driving our healthcare escalation of today yet the lawyers who populate the Washington legislative crowd are not about to address it even while passing government run health legislation."
Well if you think that $30.4 billion for med mal is driving up the cost, think about that number in context of the total cost of the health care system--$2 trillion. I'll save you the math and tell you that med mal makes up 1% - 1.5% of the total cost of health care.
So if we want to lower health care costs, "tort reform" is how we are going to do it? BTW, the facts above come from Towers Perrin, an actuarial consulting firm study taken on data from 2007.
Yes, the increase of people looking to cash in has significantly increased. What most people don't know is that a majority of frivolous claims are turned down by the attorney/law firm.
I can tell you from experience, proving medical malpractice is EXTREMELY difficult to prove and usually EXTREMELY expensive to finance--remember PI attorneys work on contingency, no win, no money--so all of the expenses are on the law firm and never recouped if the case is lost.