Proof: Lawyers cost consumers $600 billion a year!

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    an earlier post complained about a measly $176 billion cost to consumers/shareholders...
    BUT a bigger number is the $600 billion in Defensive medicine defined as providing medical services that are not expected to benefit the patient but that are undertaken to minimize the risk of a subsequent lawsuit.

    FACTS: Emergency room physicians practice Defensive medicine..
    1) More than half (53 percent) of emergency physicians reported that fear of lawsuits is the main reason for ordering the number of tests they do.

    Emergency Visits Are Increasing, New Poll Finds; Many Patients Referred by Primary Care Doctors

    2) Nine out of 10 physicians reported practicing defensive medicine.
    Estimate Defensive Medicine Costs Americans $650-850 Billion Annually
    Doctors Practice Medicine in Fear, New Study Finds

    ALL because ambulance chasing, Democrat donor $100 billion a year lawyers are the cause of the $600 billion in unnecessary defensive medical services!
     
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    And this is still a political discussion because Obama/Congress received over $300 million 2008 alone from lawyers to protect them from TORT REFORM that at least would have lowered the $600 billion a year "Defensive medicine" costs!
     
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    Lawyers are the #1 reason cops use pepper spray. They were getting so many bullshit lawsuits when cops used hands-on force to arrest passive resistive people (like the drunks in a bar who refuse to leave and go dead weight on the cop). Videos of cops using force on people go viral. Lawyers are in line to help the "victims" win big bucks.

    But OC pepper spray has absolutely ZERO permanent effects, and has never once caused a death. Thus, lawyers have a very hard time finding something to sue over. But when a cops pulls and arm and drags them to arrest, they'll claim a physical injury was caused.

    Hate Pepper Spray? Blame a lawyer.
     
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    It almost sounds as if you wish the government to put low-end arbitrary values on the lives and health of it's citizens and limit our right to sue for redress of grievances.
     
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    Also known as Tort Reform?

    Yes, I absolutely do. If you spill hot coffee on your damn self, you should not become a millionaire. I know our society has become full of fat dumbasses, but you should know coffee is hot. And you should NOT be able to get rich off saying "McDonalds made me fat".

    And I'm all for "loser pays" in civil lawsuits. That would fix most of the bullshit.

    Locally, a woman was drunk a drove her car into a boat landing and it sunk. She was texting and didnt pay attention, but she claims she was using GPS and didnt see the dark water in the landing. A boat ran over it the next morning. Cops ran the tag and located her at home. Since it was night before, she couldnt be charged with DUI but was charged with leaving the sunk car in the river. NOW.....she found a laywer and filed a lawsuit. For what you ask? THE CITY DID NOT PUT UP A DO NOT ENTER SIGN to let her know not to driver her car into the river. She wants $1 million, says her life was put at risk.

    The city likely will settle and the bitch will get paid 100K so the city wont fork out 300K in lawyer fees.

    You think thats OK?
     
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    Telling and typical of conservatives.
     
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    feel free to limit liability when they limit the damages they cause.

    how much do you get paid per thread? :cuckoo:
     
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    Myth 8: Tort Reform Is the Solution

    of course, insurance companies and doctors can lie about the issue to keep people from people compensated when they're injuried.

    oh wait... they do.
     
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    You are aware that the healthcare providers make money off all that 'defensive' medicine, right?

    You really think doctors and hospitals want less business?
     
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    US GDP =$14.58 Trillion

    600/14,580 = 4.1%
     

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