California Medical Malpractice Victims are NOT Being Fully Compensated for their Injuries!
Californians who have been harmed through medical negligence should be fully compensated for their injuries. Even many medical malpractice defense attorneys agree with us on this one. After all, if you saw even half the malpractice cases that come to our offices, you’d feel the same way!
Look, the fact of the matter is that this doesn’t happen now because of a 35-year-old state law, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, commonly referred to as MICRA. Under MICRA, malpractice victims may receive no more than $250,000 for pain, suffering, reduced quality of life and other factors not directly tied to medical expenses or lost income.
That $250,000 figure has never been indexed for inflation and has remained unchanged since the law was passed in 1975; $250,000 then would be the equivalent of more than $1 million today, yet victims are limited to a quarter of that amount. The reality is that even $1 million is not adequate compensation when it comes to severe injury cases like paralysis and death.
This artificial limit on damage payments is particularly unfair to children, the elderly, the disabled, stay-at-home parents and working class Californians. Because of the costs involved in pursuing a medical malpractice case, the damage cap prevents many Californians who have been harmed through no fault of their own from even being able to seek justice, because of the reduced potential award.
By the way, there is one group that benefits tremendously from MICRA: insurance companies. And they have a lot of clout at the state legislature. That’s why it’s important for you to get involved.
Lawmakers, the media and the voting public need to help protect the real people who have suffered as a result of this unfair law. It’s time for a change and the MICRA limit needs to be substantially increased. Even better, the arbitrary cap needs to be eliminated completely.
Learn more about your rights and the artificial MICRA Caps at the CAOC website by clicking here…