Med Mal Tort “Reformer” Exposed
The next time you read or hear about any tort deform propaganda distributed by TLR (Texans for Lawsuit "Reform", aka Texans for Liability Removal), keep in mind that the group, comprised of volunteers, does not conduct background checks on its members. As a result, one of its spokespersons who advocated slashing remedies available to medical malpractice victims has caused the group more than a little embarassment. According to this Houston Chronicle article and this blog on the Burnt Orange Report, once it was discovered that TLR spokesman Forney Fleming had a history of medical negligence, his name was removed from their site. But the damage has already been done for those who read his "supporter" testimony and concluded that there must, in fact, really be such a thing as a "judicial hellhole."
Fleming's record includes allegations that he failed to diagnose a young girl with bone cancer (her leg was ultimately amputated) and inadequately treated at least six other patients. But TLR's website doesn't mention that.
On the website, Fleming's testimonial as a "supporter" used to say: "I was practicing in a 'judicial hellhole' and saw the effect of lawsuit abuse, which was decreasing the accessibility of medical care in Jefferson County." Well, if by "saw the effect of lawsuit abuse" means "was sued when I practiced medicine negligently," then yes, I guess that's true.
According to the Chronicle, "The group's speakers are all volunteers, spokeswoman Sherry Sylvester said, adding, 'We have at this point not done a background check on any of them.'" Maybe they should.