Medical Malpractice Lawyers Find Fault in Texas Tort Reform

In 2003, Texas government passed tort reform legislation regarding medical malpractice lawsuits within the state. The new legislation capped medical malpractice payouts at $250,000 per provider, with a maximum of $750,000 all together. It also stated that in order for emergency room physicians to be responsible for civil damages, they would have to act with "willful and wanton" negligence. In other words, they have to purposefully and knowingly put their patients' lives in danger. A San Antonio medical malpractice lawyer, Jon Powell, commented on the "willful and wanton" standard, saying: You’d have to be a Nazi death camp guard to … [Read more...]