U.S. House Judiciary Committee proposes bill that will curtail rights of injured parties in medical malpractice lawsuits

U.S. House Judiciary Committee

Over the last several days the media has been focusing its coverage of healthcare debates on the new bill that is just coming out of several committees in the U.S. House of Representatives that is meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (more popularly known as Obamacare). But this, in fact, is not the only bill that the U.S. House has proposed to roll back previous legislation meant to help lower and middle income Americans.

On February 26th the U.S. House Judiciary Committee announced that they would be marking up and voting upon bill H.R. 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017”. According to Huffington Post contributor Joanne Doroshow, this legislation aimed at capping potential lawsuit settlements brought by anyone who receives their health care through a “federal program, subsidy or tax benefit.”

In other words, if you are receiving your healthcare through Obamacare, or from practically any other government entity, this bill will propose to significantly lessen or curtail your rights as the injured party.


The article lists other restrictive provisions in this bill which include:

  • Lessening the amount of time that you have to file a lawsuit.
  • Restricting the amount of money you can receive if you are involved in a case of medical malpractice.
  • Federal repeal of state joint and several liability laws, putting the onus of payment of medical bills back on the injured party if one of the perpetrators is unable to pay.
  • Restricting who you can sue in a case against a drug company over an unsafe drug.

The Huffington Post points at this and other pieces of recent legislation proposed by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee as examples showing that this Congress is scheming to “strip Americans of their legal rights. We are not sure if we would go that far – yet.



We believe that all Americans need to keep a close watch on what bills get proposed over the next 2 years in Congress – and be willing to voice your opinion if there is a bill that goes against the protection of the rights of your fellow Americans when they have been wrongfully injured or killed.


At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. we realize that the combination of a Republican President and Republican-controlled Congress could have a negative effect on the rights of injured people. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where you or someone you love has been in an accident or the victim of malpractice, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/.


We specialize in Wrongful Death and Serious Injury, Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred. Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached.


With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne. Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.


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