Recently Michael Cardozo, the chief lawyer at New York City’s Corporation Counsel, called for a cap on pain and suffering damages in Tort lawsuits, citing the City’s need to reduce payouts on personal injury cases.
Didn’t New York State’s legislature just decide this was a bad idea a few months ago when they rejected the caps which were proposed as part of Medicaid reform?Hard caps on damages limit the right of recovery for people who bring valid claims. They unfairly target the most injured plaintiffs and unjustly discriminate against those with little or no earnings, such as children, the elderly and homemakers.
Not only are caps a terrible idea for individuals, they harm society by eliminating an important deterrent and increasing the likelihood that injured people will require public assistance.
Personal Injury lawsuits have forced corporations to improve product safety, resulted in the withdrawal of dangerous products from the market, and resulted in laws being passed that protect individuals.
Studies show what common sense tells us must be true – focusing on safety is the best way to reduce lawsuits. Shielding corporations and government from responsibility is not the answer.
The city should correct the problems that are resulting in lawsuits instead of penalizing people who have been injured, but they show no signs of doing that. A good example of the City’s failure to correct longstanding problems is their failure to address police misconduct. Despite paying over $500 million in police misconduct cases between 2000 and 2010, the NYPD has repeatedly failed to investigate and correct problems in their own policies and procedures.
Perhaps the City needs to focus on preventing lawsuits from arising, rather than taking away the rights of injured people. What do you think?
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