The Tort Of Tort Reform

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Tort reform is the attempt to improve the tort law, which is a civil wrong that unreasonably causes another individual to suffer harm or loss resulting in legal liability for the individual who commits the unjust act. It has been occurring since the 1900s, where certain people, such as wealthy defendants and insurance companies, disliked the idea that people were receiving a limitless amount of money using the tort law. So, many interest groups, lobbyist groups, and PACs (political action committees) took control over reforming the tort law in attempt to achieve the goal of reducing the amount of money defendants would have to pay by putting caps on damages. In this way, large insurance companies and other corporations and groups have…show more content…
The tort law can be traced back to the late 1500s when ancient Roman law contained rules for torts, also known as wrongful acts, that later influenced the rest of Europe in regards to civil law jurisdictions. People have been suing over torts since the beginning of time and there has not been a limit to how much money the defendant could be sued for, that is for damages. It wasn’t until large businesses decided to change the tort law to satisfy and financially help themselves. With the change that they proposed, people’s rights are still at risk and are being taken advantage of, because many are uninformed of how such corporations are abusing the civil justice system. Medical malpractice, the negligence of a health professional in diagnosing, treating, and or caring for a patient, is a specific tort law under the negligence torts. In the medical field, the tort reform has affected many people including doctors, lawyers, insurance company owners and workers, patients, and including other citizens. While large corporations, doctors, and other defendants are benefitting from caps on damages, that is limiting the amount of money that can be granted in court, plaintiffs, lawyers, and citizens are affected differently. Doctor Sage stated in an interview that he has, “never felt that caps on damages had a major effect on patients one way or the other” (“Could Malpractice”). This remark makes those injured question about

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