Medical malpractice kills as many as 440,000 Americans each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Consumer Attorneys of California, or CAOC.
“It’s like a 747 jetliner crashing every 10 hours,” CAOC states on its website. “Unlike airline disasters, malpractice deaths don’t grab headlines. Politicians won’t tackle the problem.”
The time is now to better protect patients and ensure accountability.
Consumer Attorneys of California is a professional organization made up of nearly 3,000 attorneys who represent plaintiffs seeking accountability from those who do wrong. This year, for the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot, CAOC is asking voters to choose “Yes on 46,” the Pack Patient Safety Act.
It helps protect patients in three key ways:
- Mandates random drug testing of doctors. Nearly one in five doctors suffer substance abuse problems in their lifetimes.
- Requires physicians to use the state prescription database to curb “doctor shopping” by drug addicts.
- Raises the state’s malpractice cap for non-economic damages to reflect 38 years of inflation.
The Bakersfield personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have been deeply involved in CAOC for years. As a whole, members in CAOC represent those injured or killed by defective products or drugs, individuals injured or killed because of another’s negligent acts, citizens whose civil rights have been violated, and patients who have negligently been harmed instead of healed by the health care industry, among others.
Currently, five of our attorneys are involved in CAOC in various capacities, and all are President’s Club sponsors.
Chain | Cohn | Stiles Managing Partner David Cohn previously served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California. The New Lawyers Division provide public services focusing on the preservation of the civil justice system, and develops statewide professional relationships and assist members of CAOC in the early stages of their careers, among other things.
This year, the lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are speaking out in favor of Proposition 46, and informing voters about the Pack Patient Safety Act. On Thursday, Sept. 25, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is hosting a CAOC New Lawyers Division member mixer to discuss the proposition and network.
Chain | Cohn | Stiles is joined by Wood & Randall Certified Shorthand Reporters and Rodriguez & Associates as sponsors of the event. If you’re a new lawyer in the Bakersfield area and would like to attend the event, contact Jorge Barrientos at 661-334-4948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you think you may have a medical malpractice case, call Chain | Cohn | Stiles for a free consultation at 661-323-4000, or visit our specialized medical malpractice website here.