FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 14, 2020

CONTACT:

Carla Ferrucci, Executive Director
Minnesota Association for Justice

(612) 375-1707 Office
(612) 532-5060 Cell

 

The Minnesota Association for Justice Opposes Immunity

The laws that protect our citizens need to be safeguarded. Immunity measures at the state Capitol would undermine our constitutional protections and put Minnesota’s workers and the public at risk.

St. Paul, Minn. – An effort underway in the last few days of the legislative session will make sweeping changes to the law potentially jeopardizing the safety of the public and all patients, COVID-19 or not.  Senate file 4603 introduced on Monday and heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee today would remove important Constitutional rights and would grant immunity for civil and criminal violations that cause injury and harm.  This bill would immunize anyone working in the health care field from accountability for wrongful conduct.

“Our constitution includes protections that safeguard our citizens and patients from very real wrongdoing. Those protections are in the constitution for a reason. COVID-19 should not be used as an excuse to undermine the laws that protect our citizens. During a global pandemic we must increase our adherence to safety, responsibility and accountability – not abandon it.” Says Mike Hall, III President of the Minnesota Association for Justice. “This is no time to lower the bar and create an incentive for people to act unsafely or irresponsibly.”

Senate file 4603 is based on a fear of litigation that is unfounded in Minnesota.  In 2019 there were only 77 cases of medical malpractice filed in Minnesota’s district courts. These types of cases are subject to some of the strictest evaluation standards in the country, which make them difficult to file.  This bill is unnecessary and creates unjustified “fears” of litigation which tarnishes the public’s attitude of the justice system.   

“We wholeheartedly support Minnesota’s courageous health care workers and first responders…” continued Mr. Hall “We believe the current law protects them while also protecting the important constitutional rights of patients and the public. This bill unnecessarily puts the public in harm’s way.”

 

About The Minnesota Association for Justice

The Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) is a professional association of attorneys who represent Minnesotans who have been wrongfully harmed or who suffer injuries to their person or property, or who suffer violations to their civil or human rights. MAJ defends the rights guaranteed by the Constitutions and laws of the United States and Minnesota, foremost among them our right to a trial by a jury of our peers. Finally, MAJ advocates for public policies that enhance consumer protections, accountability and equal access to justice for all.

 

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