Once they understand what "tort reform" tries to do to victims of medical malpractice, most fairminded people agree it's just not fair to put artificial legislative limits on the amount of money a patient can recover in a lawsuit. Such limits hurt the most devastated victims: People with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and similar catastrophic harm are the ones who typically qualify for multi-million dollar damages to set their lives back on track. In the few cases when juries are more generous than the facts warrant -- an occurrence that is statistically rare -- the trial judge and the appeals court judges have the power to roll back the number to something reasonable.
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