Video: Taking Away Consumer Rights with ‘Tort Reform’
The myth that depriving citizens of their right to seek justice will lower insurance premiums and decrease the cost of medical care has been exposed by a study of the results of tort reform laws in Texas.
Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine interviews attorney Mary Alice McLarty, Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and an expert on these laws. McLarty explains how the spread of tort reform has progressively narrowed citizens’ right of access to the courts, in some cases removing these rights altogether.
McLarty reports that, in spite of promises made by the legislature, empirical data shows that there has been no corresponding decrease in insurance or healthcare costs since Texas imposed caps on jury awards in 2003.
The AAJ advocates the protections of citizens’ access to the courts. The organization created the Trial Lawyers Care program to protect the rights of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, representing them free of charge and ensuring they would be compensated for the injuries and loss they had suffered. The organization is currently spearheading efforts to protect the rights of veterans and offering them representation at no cost.
Read more about tort reform and how it deprives consumers of their rights here.
For more information on the various assistance programs offered by the AAJ, please visit their website at www.justice.org.