tort reformers lose big in Illinois—and rightly

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Earlier this month the Illinois Supreme Court delivered this blow to tort reformers. I say well done Illinois Supreme Court. I’ve previously detailed my position here. I would have this view even without a familial history like the plaintiffs here with a negligently botched delivery directly leading to cerebral palsy, and an indeterminable cost upon the direct victim and family at all levels. What is unfortunate is that individual opinions—as represented here in some comments—change with personal tragic experience. It’s inexcusable—and inhuman. No particular personal tragedy should be required to actually befall one before he or she grasps the necessity of holding health care practitioners accountable for negligence in the delivery of care. Doctors already have medical malpractice law to shield them. Neither they nor patients need quotable caps to negate all risk and responsibility.

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