Batavia woman asks Bush to think of her Victim joins effort against tort reform

Chicago Daily Herald
Thursday, January 6, 2005

Vickie Lambert pauses when asked the simplest questions about her condition. She asks her husband for reassurance.
The problem, the Batavia woman said, is that she gets confused easily. She gets fatigued easily. And beyond that, she can no longer walk without the aid of specialized crutches.
Her condition came courtesy of a rare blood disorder that ate away at her system for months, while the doctors she trusted to take care of her pointed her in the wrong direction.
The one saving grace of the maladies that will be with her the rest of her life, she said, is that a hefty lawsuit settlement will help her cope.
President Bush weighed in on the cost of medical malpractice suits verbally and visibly Wednesday with a visit to Madison County, a county across the Mississippi River from St. Louis that has been labeled a "judicial hellhole" for its notorious jury awards.

But those representing victims of medical malpractice quickly shot back that the jury is still out on whether rising costs fall at the heels of lawyers or drug companies and HMOs.
While the divisive debate fueled by huge sums of money and powerful organizations on both sides rages on, Lambert and others represented by the New York-based Center for Justice and Democracy sent a letter to the president on the occasion of his visit, asking him to keep them in mind.
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