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Nevada voters confused by feuding medical malpractice sides

There are three Nevada medical malpractice questions on the ballot that has provided much confusion for some of the public trying to decide how to vote. On one side, doctors say they have been hit by frivolous lawsuits that have forced doctors out of the state to escape skyrocketing premiums. Without caps on Nevada medical malpractice awards doctors claim there will be few doctors left to address the needs of a growing population.

On the other hand, lawyers, while admitting rate increases have been hitting doctors, say the insurance firms must be held accountable, not injured patients. Lawyers believe eliminating the Question 3's reforms exceptions to the $350,000 cap on pain and suffering damage awards will deny just compensation to patients most severely affected by gross negligence and malpractice. Continuing to claim frivolous lawsuits are filed all the time, Question 3 proponents were unable to identify examples of Nevada medical malpractice claims filed in courts.

The idea of frivolous lawsuits is the result of propaganda created by the insurance industry, according to some lawyers. As the debate continues, patients must remember their rights that should not be swayed with questionable statistics and scare tactics, argue consumer activists.

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