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Attorney In New York Comments On Health Insurance Company Practices

Trial Lawyers Unfairly Blamed For The Cost of Healthcare in the U.S., Says One Prominent New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer

NEW YORK, NY, (October 16, 2009) – The relentless cries for tort reform from republican members of Congress, and their insurance industry supporters, has left American juries so brainwashed that it’s almost impossible for victims of medical malpractice to get a fair trial. They deserve to receive compensation for injuries suffered at the hands of careless doctors and negligent hospitals, insists one New York medical malpractice lawyer.

Recent studies reveal that caps on medical malpractice verdicts – an aspect of tort reform often proffered by critics of existing laws that protect patients — have had little or no effect on the cost of doctors’ medical malpractice insurance.

Perecman notes that the cost of medical malpractice litigation represents only about 1-to-2% of the total cost of healthcare in this country. “But to hear republicans in Congress talk about it,” New York medical malpractice attorney Perecman said, “you would think that malpractice litigation is the only factor responsible for driving up the cost of healthcare, and that tort reform is the only solution to the problem.”

“This totally cynical attitude,” Perecman explained, “is making a mockery of our civil justice system. The fact is, more medical malpractice cases that go to verdict in New York State are won by the doctor, than by the patient. There is no better system of justice than to have a jury of your peers hear the evidence and decide the truth of the claims.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for personal injury accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman’s achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict* for a construction accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for a medical malpractice case.

*later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
** later settled for $3.5 million
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