The people of Ohio were sold a bill of goods more than 10 years ago, when legislators allowed for “tort reform” – a euphemism for damage caps in civil lawsuits. They told the people that lawyers and juries were out of control, and that placing caps on the amount of damages a person can collect in a civil suit would lead to “a fair, predictable system of civil justice.” It’s predictable, all right: now, people who have been grievously injured, who may need medical care or counseling or life-altering therapies and household adaptations, can predict exactly when they’ll be on their own to pay for those things out of pocket.
In the years that followed, Ohioans have suffered over and over and over again because of tort reform. A recent case, Simpkins v. Grace Brethren, shows just how awful the effects of tort reform can be. In short, because of these laws, a child who was repeatedly raped by a church pastor was denied a fair and just settlement. Tort reform at its finest, it appears.
Crandall & Pera Law co-founder Marc Pera explains in detail just why tort reform is so dangerous and damaging to victims in this letter published by the Cincinnati Enquirer. We encourage you to read it, and to reach out to your legislators and representatives to demand the repeal of tort reform in Ohio. All it’s done is allow those who hurt others to go largely unpunished, while taking money and treatments out of the hands of the people who need them the most – the victims.
Crandall & Pera Law provides comprehensive representation to personal injury and medical malpractice victims throughout Ohio and Kentucky. To learn more about our services, or to speak with an attorney, please call our Ohio team at 877.686.8879, our Kentucky team at 877.651.7764, or fill out our contact form.