Lawmakers take aim at limits on lawsuits against device makers

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Federal legislation is expected next month that would respond to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision involving Fridley-based Medtronic - a ruling that blocks some of the highest stakes lawsuits against ...

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bill

United States

#1 Mar 25, 2008
We need major tort reform in the medical fields. People complain about the cost of healthcare - this is what drives it. Lawsuits that mostly benefit lawyers cost healthcare providers and manufacturers millions of dollars. That cost is passed on to the consumer. What sense does it make to punish the company that increases a persons life expectancy because it didn't increase it as much as it maybe could have. These suits discourage and slow down the process of medical technologies that could save lives and improve the quality of life for millions.
Amanda

Minnetonka, MN

#2 Mar 25, 2008
Bill, I sorta agree. But if the company is making poor devices what can we do? Certainly the FDA does little.
guy

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 26, 2008
Hold it! Let's remember that the Physician, in this case, used the device "off-label." Or, simply the manufacturer made a device that was safe and effective if used as directed. Is it right to allow suits against the manufacturer claiming in essence "its the manufacturer's fault that the physician did not choose a therapy that was proven safe and effective?"

Would you sue General Mills if a pool operator fill the swimming pool with Cherrios and some people drowned? Of course not, you eat cereal for breakfast, its not intended to fill swimming pools.

Of course, you should hold the manufacturer responsible for poor quality, dangerous designs or lying about the safety of its products. Current law does do this! And protects the manufacturer, its shareholders investments, the employees and the puplic from "poor lawyers"
Randy

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Mar 26, 2008
guy wrote:
Hold it! Let's remember that the Physician, in this case, used the device "off-label."
So let's go after the doctor for what appears to be a clear instance of medical malpractice.

Oh, wait, we can't hold the doctor accountable if it would mean a lawsuit and paying money to a lawyer. Never mind, then.

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