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“I am fed-up with the shameless tactics of some personal injury lawyers
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                                                                                                            WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
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and the out-of-control litigation that endangers our access to healthcare.
Our medical legal system is broken and patients are paying the price.”                                      “I want to have a doctor in a hospital
                                                                                                            I can go to when I need healthcare.
                                 – Dr. Elizabeth Connell, Senior Counselor, Sick of Lawsuits                Unfortunately, some lawyers have
                                                                                                            turned medical liability suits into
                                                                                                            their own bread-and-butter income,
                                                                                                            soliciting patients who might have
  Lawsuit Abuse News                                    malpractice cases took effect Sept. 1…
                                                        Attorneys filed 1,069 medically related
                                                        lawsuits between June 1, the day House
                                                                                                            been harmed… I certainly think we
                                                                                                            have a crisis.”
  Opinion Editorial by Louis W.                         Bill 4 was signed into law, and the Aug. 29         – Texas State Senator Edie Lucio, “Valley at
  Sullivan, MD: When Patients Take                      deadline, according to the clerk's office.            epicenter of debate on malpractice caps”
                                                                                                              Houston Chronicle, August 30, 2003
  Medical Advice From Lawyers                           That's nearly as many of that type of suit
  “There are already many examples of                   as usually are filed in an entire year.”
  what can happen when bad lawsuits                     – Houston Chronicle, September 11, 2003
  are brought against good medicines…
  Tragically, because of our lawsuit culture,           Battered Bayer May Find Realities
  patients who would otherwise benefit                  in Tale of Torts
  from these helpful drugs may now be                                                                      “Frivolous lawsuits increase the cost to
                                                        “[T]he true tale of Bayer’s sale, withdrawal       the federal budget because of increases
  at greater risk by not having them.”
                                                        and defense of Baycol does highlight               in Medicaid costs and Medicare costs
  – Chicago Tribune, September 7, 2003                                                                     and veterans' costs. Therefore, medical
                                                        shortcomings in the plaintiff-friendly U.S.
                                                        legal system… Two key court victories ear-         liability reform is a national issue that
                                                                                                           requires a national solution.”
  Medical Lawsuits Flood County Courts;                 lier this year in Mississippi and Texas,
  Lawyers Rush Before Caps Take Effect                  states corporate lawyers have dubbed ‘judi-                            .
                                                                                                           – President George W Bush, PR Newswire,
                                                                                                             September 4, 2003
  “Clerks in Harris County civil courts are             cial hell-holes’ for companies, appear to
  trying to process a mountain of lawsuits              vindicate the German chemicals-to-drugs
  that lawyers rushed to file before a law              conglomerate.” – Dow Jones, September
  capping noneconomic awards in medical                 11, 2003

       Doctor Fights Lawsuit Abuse
      Dr. Elizabeth Connell, an OB/GYN and
                                                                          Our Broken                         s    $47 billion: increase in the costs
                                                                                                                  of Medicare, CHIP, VA and federal

      former FDA advisory panel chairper-
      son, has joined the Sick of Lawsuits
                                                                          Healthcare                              employee healthcare as the result of
                                                                                                                  medical litigation

      Campaign as Senior Counselor. Dr.
      Connell has been involved in lawsuit                                Liability                          s   500%: the size of increase in awards
                                                                                                                  from medical liability suits in Texas over the
      abuse issues for years and wants
      Americans to know how frivolous law-                                System —                           s
                                                                                                                  last 10 years

                                                                                                                  19: number of states the American
      suits threaten our healthcare system by

      driving up costs, jeopardizing medical                                                                      Medical Association identifies as currently
      innovation, limiting access to health-                                                                      facing a medical liability crisis
      care and making doctors afraid to prac-                                                                Addressing the New Healthcare Crisis: Reforming the
                                                                                                             Medical Litigation System to Improve the Quality of
      tice medicine.
                                                                          Stats:                             Health Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human
                                                                                                             Services, March 3, 2003; American Medical Association,

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