Friv­o­lous law­suits detri­men­tal to health care

The News-Times - - OPINION -

Pe­nal­iz­ing those who en­gage in friv­o­lous law­suits as Richard Zeitler sug­gested in his May 26 let­ter, “Pun­ish for friv­o­lous law­suits,” would ben­e­fit ev­ery­one be­cause ev­ery­one is vul­ner­a­ble to them.

They waste money, cause un­nec­es­sary mis­ery for those wrongly af­fected, and in­ten­sify the liti­gious cli­mate that has seeped its way into ev­ery as­pect of our lives.

It is the lawyers, how­ever, not their clients, who are the real cul­prits for friv­o­lous law­suits. Lawyers who file law­suits based on ques­tion­able ev­i­dence should be pe­nal­ized for le­gal mal­prac­tice.

Friv­o­lous law­suits and the harm they cause have been ne­glected by our law­mak­ers for way too long.

Ed­ward Volpin­testa, MD Bethel

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