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Medical Malpractice Reforms Could Help Families Affected By Birth Injuries

As the campaign for medical malpractice reform heats up, Senator Barbara Boxer has become the latest to lend her voice to this critical fight. This past week she joined with mothers who have lost their children to medical negligence in an effort to gain support for raising medical malpractice caps.

Proposition 46, which seeks to raise the $250,000 medical malpractice cap on non-economic damages established in 1975, has been added to the November ballot. As a result of the limited recovery allowed for those without high economic damages, entire classes of individuals and their families – such as infants and the elderly - have nearly lost their ability to seek redress when harmed by medical malpractice.

If you believe your child suffered a serious or fatal birth injury as the result of medical malpractice, seeking the advice of a California birth injury lawyer is crucial to help you and your family obtain the compensation they deserve.

Several mothers joined Senator Boxer, explaining that they had been denied access to justice because the value of their children's lives has never been adjusted from the $250,000 limit. Because of this cap, it is often not economically viable to wage a costly court battle to recover compensation for your loss – even where the medical negligence is apparent.

"Preventable medical errors [are] now the third leading cause of death. Only heart disease and cancer take more lives," said Senator Barbara Boxer in a new ad. "Proposition 46 will save lives with drug and alcohol testing, to make sure impaired doctors don't treat someone you love, safeguards against prescription drug abuse, and holds the medical industry accountable for mistakes."

For more information about medical malpractice and birth injuries, or if you believe you're child was harmed by medical malpractice, please contact the top California birth injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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