Are non-economic damage caps in malpractice cases fair to plaintiffs?
States have launched or are considering a number of initiatives aimed at reining in medical malpractice litigation and costs. These include caps on awards for non-economic injuries, such as pain and suffering.
For example, Missouri had put such a cap into place in 2005, but in 2012 it was struck down by the state Supreme Court. An analysis conducted in 2012 found that after the cap was put in place, claims against doctors had dropped about 24%. The state legislature is now considering reinstituting a cap, placing a $350,000 limit on non-economic damages.
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