Education is key to court reform

The Madison County Record Dec. 19, 2004, 4:45am

The only tort reform needed is an improved education of the public and potential jurors.

Every injury does not require monetary recovery. Beginning in the late 1950s, plaintiff's attorneys and the judiciary began insisting all injury required monetary payment, regardless of fault.

The court adopted restatement of torts, comparative negligence and strict liability ensuring greater potential recovery. The ripple effect has evolved to what we have today. If it continues, it will ultimately bankrupt industry.

Receiving an injury sometimes means windfall profit.

As tort payments increase, insurance liability premiums increase to the point they are no longer affordable by either the individual or industry. Tort reform today is only a band-aid to slow the bleeding rather then to stop it.

Tom Matthews
Simi Valley, Calif.

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