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Taking Away Your Right – Florida Politicians Go Too Far

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Stripping away the legal rights of those injured by medical malpractice has long been the agenda of the Republican party. In Florida, even a conservative state appellate court has now ruled that they went too far. See the article here.

Despite clear evidence that placing limits on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases has no effect on insurance rates or the number of physicians willing to practice in the Sunshine State, corporate-friendly legislators have passed restrictions on the amount juries may award to plaintiffs in the name of “tort reform.” However, this week, a Florida court ruled that such caps on court awards are unconstitutional. …

[According to the Court],  “everyone is entitled to stand before the law on equal terms with, to enjoy the same rights as belong to, and to bear the same burden as are imposed upon others in a like situation.”