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The Tort Reform Record of Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Apr 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Like most other personal injury lawsuits, medical malpractice claims often seek to redress severe injuries that have drastically and irreversibly altered someone's life. Because it is impossible to turn back time or make a victim of medical malpractice the complete person that they once were, there is little else to do but ensure that they receive the compensation that they need, in order to be made whole once again.

Unfortunately, many U.S. politicians are courted by some of the top healthcare institutions in the country. Lobbyists from these companies have been pushing state and federal congressmen to advocate and vote for what they call “tort reform,” which places legal limitations on how much compensation you can receive in a personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuit. These laws that put a maximum on how much you can receive do not care about how much you deserve, how much you have suffered, or how wrongly you have been treated. Instead, they aim to prevent lawsuits from taking too much money from these healthcare companies, claiming that, by doing so, they keep healthcare costs low by shrinking the cost of malpractice insurance.

Because of the huge impact that “tort reform” has on medical malpractice law, it is important to keep an eye on candidates running for major political offices, and determine where they stand on the issue.

In this presidential election, the candidate giving the strongest sign of being a supporter of “tort reform” – and therefore against your ability to get fully compensated for injuries you suffer at the hands of negligent doctors – is Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz's Early Success as a Plaintiff's Attorney

Like many politicians, Ted Cruz started his career as a lawyer. Representing plaintiffs who suffered horrendous wrongs at the hands of healthcare professionals, Cruz got massive personal injury verdicts and then successfully defended them when they were appealed. For awhile, he held the record for largest personal injury verdict in the state of New Mexico: $54 million.

Ted Cruz Has Completely Flipped Sides

Despite his ability and willingness to get his injured clients the compensation they rightfully deserved in court, since becoming a politician, Cruz has completely changed teams. He worked with the Bush administration to push for “tort reform” and other limitations on the amounts of compensation injured people could get in court, regardless of their injuries. As the Solicitor General of Texas, he vigorously defended House Bill 4, widely regarded as the strictest “tort reform” law ever passed. The Bill was so strict that the lawsuit challenged whether it was even constitutional. During his campaign, Cruz has painted this victory as one of his greatest.

None of this should come as a surprise though, as Cruz's fundraising base has come from numerous wealthy donors and healthcare organizations, his intent is passing even more stringent “tort reform” laws.

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About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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