Proposed legislation attempts to cap damages in nursing home suits
I ran across this letter to the editor in an Illinois Newspaper and was absolutely shocked at the content of the bill. The Defense bar (lawyers in the civil defense realm) make it a habit to introduce legislation that attempts to put a ceiling on what a jury can award in civil cases where there's an injury to a person. Its unconstitutional in Washington, but its been tried.
In Illinois, they're taking it a step further and trying to cap damages in only a subset of cases, those of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect.
By the time abuse and neglect is discovered, its often too late. This legislator is introducing the bill as a means to create jobs. All its doing is making it more economical for these homes to cut corners, provide shoddy care, and ultimately kill our loved ones. The only way we have to stop them is to put the shady ones out of business. This proposed cap goes against that notion. I would argue that it actually creates an incentive to create neglect and abuse where there may not have been any before.
If you live in Illinois, vote no (unfortunately, I have been unable to dig up what the actual piece of legislation is).
Proposed legislation shafts seniors
Dunn County News
His proposed legislation limits the amount of money a jury can award in nursing home abuse and neglect cases and makes it almost impossible for a jury to ...