AAJ Statement on House Passage of H.R. 5

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For Immediate Release: March 22, 2012

Contact: Michelle Widmann
American Association for Justice
202-965-3500 x8369
AAJ Press Room

AAJ Statement on House Passage of H.R. 5

Political ploy comes on the backs of injured patients

Washington, DCThe following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the House passage of “medical liability reform bill” H.R. 5:

“Instead of focusing on patient safety, Congress voted today to strip away the legal rights of injured patients, reduce accountability and leave Americans at risk for more injuries from negligent care.

“Despite broad opposition from patient safety groups, state lawmakers, and conservative legal scholars, House Leadership embarked on this obscene exercise just to score cheap political points.

“AAJ will continue to advocate on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of patients that are injured or killed every year because of preventable medical errors and ensure their voices are heard.”

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