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March 23, 2011

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is calling for tort reform legislation that would put a $750,000 cap on legal fees for victims of severe pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish. The bill would also have a $500,000 punitive damages cap.

Governor Haslam says this legislation will help bring in business as it cuts down on frivolous lawsuits and excessive jury awards. But opponents such as former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson insist that a jury should decide how much money is awarded to victims. Thompson called the bill unnecessary and extremely far-reaching.

Family members of victims of medical negligence also spoke out against the proposal.

An official vote on the bill will take place next week.

Opponents of this tort reform bill know that it should be up to a jury to decide how much money a victim of nursing home abuse or similar victims should receive–not the government. A nursing home abuse lawyer plays a vital role in ensuring these victims receive the compensation and justice that is owed to them.


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