Tuesday, June 28, 2011

HBO's "Hot Coffee" Documentary

I am looking forward to an upcoming HBO documentary titled Hot Coffee.  Former public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the infamous legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort reform- which threatens to restrict the legal rights of everyday citizens and undermine the entire civil justice system- in the thought provoking documentary Hot Coffee.  Read the full synopsis of the documentary at HBO.  

Tort reform is a big corporation agenda to limit our legal rights for the sole purpose of improving their bottom line.  One of the stories covered in the documentary is about a boy from Nebraska critically harmed at birth as a result of clear-cut medical negligence.  The jury heard evidence about the medical costs the boy's FAMILY would have to bear for his medical care he will need for the rest of his life.  His parents will have to take care of him for THE REST OF HIS LIFE.  Based on the medical treatment evidence, the jury awarded the family a little more than $5 million.  This accounted for all of the family's future medical expenses for their son.  But because the state had legislatively enacted caps on such cases, the verdict was reduced to $1.25 million.  This was done for no other reason than to appease the wishes of big business.  So that insurance companies in the state could improve their bottom-line, this boy born into the world and immediately injured due to an avoidable screw up, is deprived of the money a jury felt would properly compensate his future medical care.  What a shame. Share this post :
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1 comment:

  1. Touche! A maimed child is a sympathetic thing indeed, but what of the hot coffee verdict itself?

    And beyond damages, should nothing be done to desluice the continuous warm yellow stream of groundless complaints that Americans have come to accept as commonplace, that clog up the court systems and force defendants to expend lawyers' fees to defend and dismiss? Sharp Doritos? Defend that one.

    And tort reform can of course take forms beyond just draconian damage caps. Where do you stand on PA's own Fair Share Act, finally passed at long last? Against it, I'm sure, as it threatens to tarnish the 24-karat lining of your pockets.

    Good day, sir.

    Sincerely,
    Judge Roy's Lost Pants

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