The Trial Bar’s Attack on Expectant Mothers (Cont’d.)
September 4, 2008
After 104 years of delivering babies, the maternity unit at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, PA is shutting down, thanks to soaring medical liability insurance costs brought on by an explosion of frivolous lawsuits and jackpot-sized jury awards.
The toll of the medical liability crisis has been staggering on expectant mothers in the Philadelphia area. Since 1997, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, 15 hospitals in the region have closed maternity units, forcing pregnant women to search far and wide for quality obstetrical care.
The Patients and Physicians Alliance (The Fighting Docs) has done heroic work pushing medical liability reform in the Pennsylvania Legislature, but Governor Ed Rendell blocks every effort to fix this crisis, enabling state trial lawyers to turn medical liability cases into their own personal ATM machines. It seems like Philadelphia mothers-to-be have to flee to Delaware or New Jersey before the state’s political leadership decides that Pennsylvanians are paying too high of a price to continue enriching the trial bar.