Metropolitan Medical Associates of Englewood, in New Jersey, was shut down after two women filed suit against the clinic for its failure to properly care for them. One woman was rushed to the hospital after an abortion went terribly wrong. She was forced to have a hysterectomy. Various other complications followed, including the woman being placed on a ventilator and being unconscious for approximately one month. The second woman filed suit after being told she was not pregnant and then unbeknowst to her, an abortion was performed.
The state has shut down the clinic until it adheres to certain guidelines and can show that it has addressed the current problems that caused the shut down. This shut down is a first step into trying to stop unqualified doctors from practicing. The injuries caused to these women from doctors that have no business practicing medicine are the reason that there are medical malpractice lawsuits in this country and the reason that awards should not be capped. Who is to say how much these women deserve for the pain and anguish that have suffered from? Caps on medical malpractice lawsuits make a blanket decision and do not take into consideration lawsuits on an individual basis. The reason we have jury trials is so that a jury can hear the entire story and make a fair decision when compensating an individual. Tort reform bills allowing caps on medical malpractice awards have no place in this country.