Evidence of the ill effects of tort reform on poorer citizens in Mississippi is shown by the way these citizens have been treated since Hurricane Katrina. The caps on punitive and non-economic damages in Mississippi do not allow all citizens equal access to justice.
For example, women who stay at home raising children, or those in less skilled professions do not have an equal opportunity to recover economic damages as someone working full time or working in a more skilled and higher paid profession. For those citizens, non-economic damages and punitive damages are the only redress against wrongdoing.
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