Friday, April 20, 2012

HR 5 bill limiting patients' rights approved by the House -- UPDATED

Day on Torts is reporting that the House of Representatives has passed HR 5 by a vote of 223-181.   Ten Republicans voted against the legislation, and 7 Democrats crossed over to support the Republicans.  Four Republicans voted "present."  As I have discussed many times before (see here)  the bill attempts to limit the right of victims of medical malpractice to recover for their injuries by making it difficult for them to find representation and by limiting their possible recovery. It also provides protection to pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in cases of injuries caused by defective products.

UPDATE April 13:  AboutLawsuits has a comment here.

UPDATE April 20:  The Blog of the Legal Times has more on the story (and some interesting comments) here.

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