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Medical Liability Reform And You

Updated on March 31, 2011
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Greg has many opinions when it comes to politics and education. He has no qualms with voicing his opinion..

Whether Pro or Con to Medical Liability Reform, Please read the true story at the left.There are many organizations that are for the reform, but will it really help anything? Read the story and then you be the judge. Always remember, you could be the man or woman in the story! After the story, if you don't know what medical liability reform is, I will explain it. Read on!

"You have a call", the supervisor relayed to the haggard looking man that was doing a job he detested all in the name of paying the bills. The voice of a female explained to the man how they had just taken his wife to intensive care. Her blood pressure had dropped.

The tires of the pickup truck squealed as he left the stoplight that seemed to stay red forever. The drops of rain hit the windshield as teardrops drained down the man's cheeks. The interstate was surprisingly light of traffic and his mind drifted.

Pastor Jimmy entered the room; " You are looking good", He said to the middle-aged woman. At 49, she had her share of medical issues; diabetes, kidney disease and some heart problems namely. She had come down with pneumonia and the hospital was draining the fluid from around one lung with a tube put through the woman's back.

Honnnkkk! He was jarred out of the stupor and swerved back into his lane. The Cadillac pulled up next to his truck and a finger waved at the man from the open window. The car sped away and the man was again alone with his thoughts.

"Why would her heating pad that is on her bare back be on the dirty floor" the man asked the duty nurse. The nurse nodded and said she had to go to another patient and would be back later. His wife was in pain and these staff people didn't seem to care. Somehow, the woman had developed staph infection and as the man looked at the filth and the way employees were, he understood why. The nurse told the man his wife would be fine and they would take care of the staph. Now this! His love is in I.C.U. He made his way to the off-ramp and drove toward the hospital.

Exiting the elevator, he was on a hard trot to the intensive care unit. Her eyes met his as he entered the room and her hands tried to reach for him, but wouldn't. She saw the tears in his eyes and she whispered to him her love for him. At that moment a nurse entered the room. The woman was laying in the bed in an abnormal way and the nurse explained she needed to straighten her. The nurse sought no other help, so the husband decided to aide in the move.

Mad chaos ensued. The big, burly nurse shoved the man from the room. "Hold her tongue", one yelled as another readied the shockers to try to bring life back into the woman's body. One woman was having trouble shoving the tube down the patient's throat. "She's gone", the woman doctor stated. The man yelped and fell to the floor. At that moment, the burly nurse told him to shut up. He waved to his wife's lifeless body and left the hospital, tears flowing as a river out of the man's eyes.

Whom?

All of the above is true. The reason I know that is because it was my wife and me in that hospital.

Not only is my wife of 30 years dead, but I am near bankruptcy because of the spot this hospital put me in. They killed my wife and ruined my life.

Hospital of Death--Barnes/Jewish St. Peters, Missouri

With our government's help, they will get worse too!

Reform Or Death Squad?

I have cried, screamed, and even considered extreme measures, but for those who know me well, you know I will look at the whole picture. It comes down to this: the A.M.A. wants the Federal government to pass Medical Liability Reform. This would cap the awards from mistakes from medical personnel and hospitals to $250,000. Many States already have caps, but my goodness; hospitals have more than enough to battle until that is all gone.They have teams of lawyers at there beckoning.

Good Luck Finding An Attorney To Help You. I Can't, But One Studied My Case And Said It Is Solid. Missouri Has A $350,000 Cap Now.

Your State may not have a cap at this time, but if the A.M.A. pushes this through, we are all screwed.

Apathy in the United States thinks this will help medical costs, when actually you are giving the medical profession "free reign". They can kill, molest,and pretty much do what they please. because all you can do is get a couple people fired. The management is always safe.

Oh, you can still go out and file frivolous law suits: "I fell over a desk while I was burglarizing you."---AWARD--$2,435,000, but when a hospital kills your wife by giving her staph and than makes no attempt to alleviate or help her, but just lets her die----AWARD--Bankruptcy and wasted lives.

Here is a table listing what the limits are in your State and the Statute of Limitations on a lawsuit. If anyone knows a lawyer that will help with our case, I would greatly appreciate it. I pray there is one out there who will help. I have contacted many with no luck.

Keep in mind all the caps I am putting here are non-economic. Jonda was disabled and that would be all I could claim for her. In the table I will put N/E for non-economic limits and E/L for "working folk" limits. N/L means no limits at this time.

STATES
CAP LIMIT
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
Alabama
N/L
2 Years
Alaska
N/E 250,000 E/L 400,000
2 Years
Arizona
N/L
2 Years
Arkansas
250,000*
2 Years
California
N/E 250,000
2 Years
Colorado
N/E 300,000 E/L 1,000,000
3 Years
Conneticut
1,000,000*
2-3 Years*
Delaware
N/L*
2-3*Years
District of Columbia
N/L
3 Years
Florida
N/E 500,000 E/L 1,000,000
2-4*Years
Georgia
N/L
2 Years
Hawaii
N/E 375,000
2-6 Years
Idaho
N/E 250,000
2 Years
Illinois
Very Screwed Up*
2-4*Years
Indiana
500,000
2 Years
Iowa
Very Screwed Up*
2-6 Years*
Kansas
250,000
2-4 Years*
Kentucky
N/L
1-5 Years*
Louisiana
500,000
1-3 Years*
Maine
N/L
3 Years
Maryland
650,000*
5-3 Years *
Massachusetts
500,000
3 Years
Michigan
500,000*
2 Years
Minnesota
Screwed Up*
4 Years
Mississippi
500,000 *
2-7 Years*
Missouri
350,000
2 Years
Montana
N/E 250,000
3 Years
Nebraska
1,750,000
2-1 Years*
Nevada
N/E 350,000
3 Years
New Hampshire
N/L
2 Years
New Jersey
350,000
2 Years
New Mexico
600,000
3 Years
New York
N/L
2 Years 6 Months
North Carolina
250,000
2-4 Years*
North Dakota
N/E 500,000
2-6 Years*
Ohio
350,000*
1-4 Years*
Oklahoma
300,000*
2 Years
Oregon
N/L
2-5 Years*
Pennsylvania
N/L
2-7 Years*
Rhode Island
N/L
3 Years
South Carolina
350,000
3 Years
South Dakota
500,000
2 Years
Tennessee
N/L
1-3 Years
Texas
500,000
2-10 Years*
Utah
450,000
2 Years
Vermont
N/L
2-7 Years*
Virginia
1,500,000*
2-10 Years
Washington
N/L
3 Years
West Virginia
N/E 500,000
2-10 Years*
Wisconsin
N/L
3-5 Years*
Wyoming
N/L
2 Years
*=mitigating circumstances--see http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=18516#AL

American Medical Association

The A.M.A. is pushing very hard for the Federal Government to step in and make an across the board limit of $250,000 on non-economic claims.The A.M.A. is made up of those who would be paying, so it makes perfect sense why they would want it lower. What amazes me is the amount of every day citizens who, in their apathy, actually think these limits are a good thing.

If we allow limits such as these, we will have no say in our health-care. If they want to let you die or even kill you themselves, they can. After all: who could or would sue them?

See my point!

Contact your State Representatives and tell them no to medical liability reform. Future generations will be glad you did.

© G.L. Boudonck

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      Mesa Verde Boers 6 years ago

      Bravo, well said Glenn... If the insurance companies kept tabs on the doctors' and facilities' practice records, just like they do with every day folks' driving records, maybe more of those having 'accidents' would lose their licenses...

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      Greg Boudonck 6 years ago from In Nebraska After Hurricane Maria

      A big Amen to that Glen

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. I agree with you about the limits on medical malpractice suits when there seem to be no limits on frivolous law suits. The theory is to reduce medical coats. But this is solving it from the wrong angle. The proper way to reduce medical costs is for the health insurance companies to become more aware of doctors who don't know what they're doing.

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      Greg Boudonck 6 years ago from In Nebraska After Hurricane Maria

      Thank you very much Prince. I pray that no one else ever has to endure a nightmare as this.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Very moving story and even more so to know that it was your story. My heart goes out to you. Some form of reform is needed. What it is I can't possibly tell you.

      It's the frivolous cases that make people wonder. Your case is not in the least bit frivolous. I mourn your loss now too.

      Up, awesome and beautiful at the same time.

      The Frog

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      Greg Boudonck 6 years ago from In Nebraska After Hurricane Maria

      That is why I write this hub; to expose them publicly. Attorneys don't want it, maybe bad publicity will win.

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      inmate702@gmail.com 6 years ago

      The medical malpractice is the only way there is to protect the public. AMA is suppose to police itself, but it never does, until the cases are exposed publicly by those hurt. Just complaining and doing nothing public is totally useless. They always find answers to keep the doctors who should be put in jail, not only fired...

      At least the medical malpractice makes it economically impossible for the doctors to practice.