Letter to the Editor

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San Luis ObispoMarch 27, 2014 

The commentary by Dan Walters (March 26) regarding the effort to increase the monetary cap on malpractice awards failed to even once mention how unfair the $250,000 limit is on citizens with permanent injuries caused by a negligent doctor or hospital. It was put into place in 1975 and has never been adjusted for inflation.

Instead, he took the usual attack against trial lawyers. He spoke of their “long war against the medical profession,” which is absolute nonsense. As a medical malpractice attorney for more than 40 years, I can state unequivocally that our efforts are directed to helping people injured by negligence, not as a vendetta against the medical profession.

It is sad that the victims of malpractice are ignored in this battle. It is their lives that have been drastically altered and it is time for this state to realize that the cap now in place is insufficient to compensate them for their injuries. What was the cost of a car in 1975 as compared to today? Isn’t it only right that injured people deserve the same increase? Stop blaming the lawyers, and start helping the people who need it most.

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