Speaking Of Tort Reform

To The Editor:

I wanted to thank Sam Friedman for his well-reasoned column exploring the complex issue of tort reform. (See “A View From The Press Box: Tort Reform Caps Should Be Flexible,” March 17, page 25.) At least Mr. Friedman asks many of the right questions, rather than spouting sound bite solutions like most in our industry.

The key question he asks is: “Is there abuse of the system?” I know this sounds crazy (unless you ponder it a bit), but I would hope the answer is “yes,” because any equitable system will be subject to abuse, inevitably. Any system designed to be absolutely abuse-proof will be absolutely abusive to those it is intended to serve.

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