Frivolous Lawsuits: Fighting Back (5/22/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Frivolous Lawsuits: Fighting Back (5/22/07)

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

That's what occurred to me when I heard Jewish Hospital was suing two attorneys who filed 96 negligence lawsuits against them over the past three years.

Jewish claims the suits were frivolous, and the facts that:

-- none have been settled;

-- 84 have been dismissed; and

-- the attorneys have abandoned the remainder...

...seem to back up their argument.

Frankly, this looks like one big fishing expedition - where two lawyers tried to cash in by overwhelming the hospital with meritless legal action in hopes it'd pay off just to avoid the time and trouble of litigation.

But Jewish thinks its good name is worth some time and trouble. And when they refused to cave in, their accusers just washed their hands of the whole matter, hoping to avoid any consequences.

The law rightly holds the medical profession to a high set of standards. Negligent actions by a hospital should carry a high price.

But attorneys who falsely accuse (and profit from the bogus accusations) should certainly be held to the same standards.

The expense of defending against frivolous lawsuits is one of the biggest causes of rising health care costs today.

That's why I applaud Jewish Hospital for fighting back. Because they're not just defending themselves, but all of us.

What's your thought? Call and let us know, at 588-2433.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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