Assemblyman Willis Edwards III, who represents Montclair, has to deal with this issue as an administrator at East Orange General Hospital and a member of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee.
capacity in East Orange
was involved in creating a contingency plan for the hospital, much like the one at Mountainside
.As a state legislator, he
does not support the work stoppage or a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering awards.
The work stoppage, Edwards
said, has created overworked physicians and overburdened emergency rooms to the hazard of patients.Further, he
said, the proposed cap is unfair to people who truly deserve monetary compensation for extreme situations.To resolve the issue and attend to the concern of doctors, Edwards said he wants to work with the Assembly Banking and Insurance Committee to explore options.
"We're looking at building financial assistance for physicians who are facing a significant increase in [insurance premiums]," he
Lawyers across the state have also gone on record in opposition to proposed caps.