Medical Malpractice Damages: How Much Is Too Much

A bill is being debated in the subcommittee of the House Judiciary committee that would limit the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

 

It seeks to make $250,000, the maximum amount that the court can award for non-economic damages in a medical malpractice case. However, the bill would have no impact on the economic damages that are awarded to compensate the healthcare costs or lost wages.

 

The bill has found opposition among the legal fraternity who argue that it is unconstitutional and has no bearing on higher health care costs, an argument that the doctors and healthcare institutions have made in their support of the bill.  

 

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