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H.R. 5 Dangerous “Tort Reform” Bill Nears Senate Vote

An Illinois personal injury lawyer is aware of the need to protect the basic legal rights of negligence victims from the big interests that seek to strip them away. Over the last several months we have been following the advancements of the latest effort to eliminate rights encapsulated in legislation known as House Resolution 5 or the HEALTH Act. If passed the measure would essentially destroy many basic legal provisions that have long been given to Illinois medical malpractice victims and those hurt by nursing home neglect.

Blog readers are aware that the bill has already been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. Before reaching the full Senate for consideration is must first pass through the Senate’s Energy & Commerce. That committee is expected to hold hearings on the bill beginning tomorrow and continuing on Wednesday, before potentially being sent to the full United States Senate for an up or down vote.

During this week’s committee process, legislators can offer amendments which may change some specific provisions of the bill. Following that option, the committee members will vote to send it to the full Senate. If amendments are made to the legislation by the committee before it is sent to the full Senate (and if it passes the entire Senate), than the two chambers of Congress must meet and reconcile the different versions of the bill before sending it to the President for his potential approval.

Those who have followed this measure know that it represents an egregious attempt by big insurance interests and the medical lobby to strip victims of legal rights. The claimed “problem” of medical malpractice lawsuits has been cited again and again, even though those claims run directly counter to evidence. It is vital that this bill be stopped or for the most draconian portions of the legislation to be amended out.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti ask all supporters of an open, impartial legal system to reject this misguided power grab. Please contact your local members of Congress, particularly your U.S. Senator, and urge that they prioritize innocent victims over big interests. There is still time to make a difference. Please make you voice heard before the committee vote on Wednesday.

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