The Proposed Affordable Care Act Amendment Could Impact Your Right to Pursue Compensation for Medical Negligence
Medical malpractice has come under scrutiny in recent years. In fact, numerous states have made efforts to reform medical malpractice laws. Most claim the goal is to reduce the overall cost of healthcare. However, estimates suggest that malpractice claims account for only about 2 to 2.5 percent of annual expenses in the healthcare industry. Now a new bill, the one that is supposed to improve the healthcare system, stands to reduce that amount even further. Learn more about how the new healthcare bill could impact your right to pursue compensation, and what it might mean for you or your loved ones.New Bill Imposes Limits on Some Malpractice Suits
Individuals who are low-income, retired, or disabled typically receive health care coverage through Medicare or Medicaid. These groups of people, along with anyone covered under private healthcare insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act, will have limits on the amount they may be owed in medical malpractice compensation claims.
If the amendment passes as is, the limit on malpractice claims would be $250,000. This is the same malpractice suit cap that is placed on lawsuits in the state of California. However, nursing home negligence cases have, historically, been excluded from the limit. The new amendment would eliminate that exception.Even Egregious Medical Errors Have Limits
Egregious errors, like the amputation of a wrong limb or a retained surgical item, are not just devastating, they are inexcusable. Unfortunately, even these errors will have the cap. Since it also applies to residents of nursing homes, this new cap will also include instances where bedsores, resident abuse, or maltreatment have led to death or serious injury.Understanding the Potential Implications
There are many ways that the cap could impact the nation, not the least of which being how it would reduce the amount of compensation for serious injury victims. A cap of $250,000 is not enough to compensate for a lifetime of lost work, and it certainly is not sufficient to cover the loss of a life. However, the impact goes much further. The new amendment could also drive up the occurrence of medical errors. As such, patients may be at an even higher risk for injury. In a time like this, it becomes crucial that victims have an advocate on their side.Contact Our San Jose Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If medical negligence has impacted you or someone you love, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP. Our San Jose medical malpractice attorneys will aggressively protect your rights and pursue the most compensation possible. We are here to fight for you. Schedule your free consultation by calling our offices at (408) 289-1417 today.Source