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News Story
7/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates want to raise the cap on non-economic malpractice damages. Also: Limo safety is a priority in the Legislature; California's roads rank low. SACRAMENTO — A long-dormant conflict over medical malpractice is heating up again at the state Capitol. A coalition of consumer advocates, trial lawyers and the nurses union is...
News Story
7/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog and the legislator who initially backed California's 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which caps non-economic damages awarded in malpractice cases at $250,000, are working together on a ballot initiative to raise the cap to $1.1 million to adjust for inflation. California...
News Story
7/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 has destroyed the ability of large segments of California patients to file malpractice lawsuits. It's a very rare thing for a legislator to admit that a law he sponsored hasn't worked out as expected. It's even rarer for him to label it "oppressive" and call for its revision...
News Story
7/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A recent survey of California voters shows 55 percent think the $250,000 cap on non-economic damages a patient can collect due to doctor malpractice is “too high or about right.” One in three think the cap is too low or there should be no limit, according to a phone survey of 802 randomly selected registered voters in California likely...
Video
7/5/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Critics say the decades old Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) is outdated and must be changed. Doctors and attorneys are battling over the law, that caps how much compensation a person gets in a medical malpractice case. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on July 5, 2013.
News Release
6/19/2013
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Californians spent less per year on auto insurance in 2010 than they did in 1989, a rate reduction that no other state in the nation achieved according to a new Consumer Federation of America analysis of insurance industry data. California voters approved Proposition 103 in 1988 to regulate auto insurance rates and the...
News Story
6/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A Clovis couple has joined a statewide coalition to repeal a 38-year-old California law that caps medical malpractice damages for pain and suffering. Doug and Linda Wilkinson say the law, which limits non-economic compensation to $250,000, is an injustice to families who have lost loved ones. Their daughter, Brittany Wilkinson, an advocate for the...
News Story
5/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
West Sacramento billboard featuring an infant who died from whooping cough marks a formal declaration of war by groups targeting elimination of a cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence suits. Bankrolled by trial lawyers, the billboard features Mia Chavez, a 6-week-old Los Angeles County child who died in July 2010, allegedly after...
Video
5/22/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Patients usually are able to put their trust in medical professionals, but in the Bay Area some bad doctors are showing up with perfect records because the medical board that oversees them isn't doing its job.
Video
5/21/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Danville resident Bob Pack is on a mission to make random drug and alcohol testing of doctors mandatory, as pilots, bus drivers and even Wal-Mart employees already have to do. Bob lost his seven and ten year old children to a drug addict who fell asleep at the wheel because doctors and the state’s largest HMO, Kaiser, gave her thousands of...