Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The impact of tort reform on nursing home abuse cases in Wisconsin

The PopTort is reporting today on a new report by the nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism  about the impact of Wisconsin’s new nursing home “tort reform” law.  According to the article, the recently adopted tort reform initiatives make it extremely difficult for families to sue on behalf of their abused or neglected relatives.  One interesting aspect of the laws is that they prohibit plaintiffs from using any state investigation records as evidence in a lawsuit.  Also, they make it extremely difficult for plaintiffs to recover punitive damages even against grossly negligent defendants.  Go here for the short article and some links to more information.

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