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February 20, 2008

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ProResponsibility

When will people start taking responsibility and get away from the expectation of the gravy train stopping by every time they scrape their finger?

There are certainly cases where egregious things happen, but that doesn't require an unlimited compensation model to punish.

I appreciate the commentary and think it is well written, but one should also write about personal responsibility to make decisions.

The Other Side

John Guyette

ProResponsibility,

Unfortunately, simply blurting something out that sounds good does not make it true. Your comments don't seem to come from fact world.

At CJ&D we believe in facts so here are some you may want to consider:

According to Rand, funded in part by insurance companies, only 2 percent
of seriously injured Americans ever file a lawsuit. In medical malpractice cases, eight times as many patients are injured as ever file a claim; 16 times as many suffer injuries as receive any compensation. (Check out this fact sheet
http://www.centerjd.org/MB_2007civil.htm ). Hardly evident of a "gravy train".

As far as objecting to a so-called “unlimited compensation model to punish,” ProResponsibility must not understand that compensation is meant to compensate, not punish. The public does not believe that a
child who suffers a brain injury should be treated like a senior citizen abused in a nursing home, or as a dad who is blinded or as a mother who loses a child. Where there is gross negligence, the public believes juries can decide compensation in such cases better than a politician.

The impact of legislation to limit compensation would be catastrophic
for many families, causing untold suffering, economic devastation, and
for some, the destruction of family life. In some cases, taxpayers will have to pay for what wrongdoers, who escape their accountability under such proposals, have caused.

And if we're talking about taking responsibility, it’s corporations and
other wrongdoers who would escape responsibility for their misconduct with
laws that make it more difficult for the sick and injured to get into
court.

I thought conservatives believed in responsibility (Check out this conservative group in Texas http://www.txir.org/About_Us.html ), lower taxes and less government spending, family values, protecting children, law and order, and less government regulation?

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