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March 23, 2006

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Matt

You took my comment a little too far - I didn't say the system (not sure which system we're referring to) is fine how it is - every system could use improvement - we are human after all.

I simply said basing awards on the injury wasn't equitable.

ThisMakesMeSick Editor

The system we are refering to is medical liability. That being said, how would you improve it? That's what we are trying to do: Provoke discussion and bring change.

Matt

As I mentioned to Eric, there is no "medical liability system". There is a civil justice system, and it applies to all civil cases. Medical malpractice has a few more hurdles for plaintiffs in most states, but other than that, it's the same "system" as all other civil cases.

But before I proceed further, let me ask you - WHY are you trying to bring change - what result are you seeking? Change for change's sake? Because while I might recommend changes, they may be worthless if I don't know your goal.

Flea

You and Matt wanna take this outside?

In all seriousness, it's "piqued", not "peeked".

best,

Flea

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