Presidential candidate Rick Santorum made headlines when he called for
limits on medical malpractice lawsuits in light of his wife’s large
malpractice settlement in 1999. When medical malpractice hits close to
home, politicians seem much more likely to change their tune when it comes
to damages caps and medical malpractice reform.

Santorum’s wife Karen filed a suit against her chiropractor for a
back injury and requested a settlement of $500,000, which is twice that
of the current non-economic damage cap on medical malpractice claims.
Most of Karen’s damages were non-economic in nature, meaning they
were not for quantifiable medical expenses; they were related to “pain
and suffering.”

Rick Santorum testified in his wife’s case, asserting that her pain
limited her ability to campaign for him. She was awarded $350,000 in the
settlement, although it was later reduced to $175,000.

It seems that Santorum is now in favor of some sort of medical malpractice
reform. When someone you love is injured, it’s much easier to recognize
the importance of malpractice lawsuits and how vital they are in obtaining
adequate compensation for victims’ losses.

On an ABC News report, Santorum explained his stance on damage caps: “I
am not wedded at all to a $250,000 cap as I’ve said publicly repeatedly,
and I think probably that is somewhat low, and that we need to look at
what I think is a cap that is a little bit higher than that.”

Our firm isn’t reporting this news story as either criticism or praise
of Santorum or his candidacy; the story simply illustrates the importance
of medical malpractice cases, the benefits they provide for the injured
and their families, and the necessity of careful reevaluation of the current
legislation.