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Help us defeat H.R. 1215 the Protecting Access to Care Act

After a couple of false starts, H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act is going to the House floor this week.  This massive medical malpractice bill also applies to nursing home and drug and device cases.  The bill caps non-economic damages at $250,000, eliminates joint liability for economic and non-economic loss, caps attorney fees, has a restrictive statute of limitations and says that a doctor and a pharmaceutical company cannot be named in the same lawsuit.   The bill is very preemptive.  If you are from a state that caps damages, your state keeps its cap, but gets a cap in areas not currently covered by state law.  For example, if your state caps damages only in medical malpractice cases, your state would get the $250,000 cap for other health care liability lawsuits, including nursing homes.  The bill applies these limits regardless of the number of parties, the causes of action or the theory of liability, so the cap applies to intentional torts or other sorts of reckless misconduct.

The bill will not get better during floor debate.  The only amendments that will be allowed are amendments that make the bill worse for patients.  The debate on this bill will begin on Tuesday with vote on final passage scheduled for Wednesday. 

Help us defeat H.R. 1215.  Through the Take Justice Back Campaign, you can easily write and call members of Congress by visiting www.takejusticeback.com/protectpatients

Please visit the link below to view a short viral video that tells the story of 7 year-old Dahlia Ramirez, who suffered horrific injuries caused by medical negligence. Thanks to the civil justice system, Dahlia now has the best possible chance at living a normal life. 

https://www.facebook.com/pralaw

Thank you for your help and support as we fight to defeat H.R. 1215.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

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