Category Archives: damage caps

Federal Medical Liability Tort Reform Legislation Passes U.S. House of Representatives

On June 28, the U.S. House of Represen-tatives voted 218 to 210 in favor of House Resolution 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act, which would cap noneconomic damages in medical liability lawsuits at $250,000, among other provisions. The Protecting … Continue reading

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The GOP Plan to Protect Doctors from Frivolous Lawsuits

If one wanted to divine how the GOP intends to address medical professional liability in its yet-to-be-determined replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one place to look would be the legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe in January. “When … Continue reading

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Federalism & Tort Reform

side note: If you are a political junkie and follower of medical professional liability tort reform, this is a contradiction that cannot be ignored. Democrats and trial lawyers have long been in cahoots; Republicans have consistently been on the side … Continue reading

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Virginia Governor Vetoes Damage Cap Compromise, General Assembly Overrides Veto

By an overwhelming majority, the Republican-ruled Virginia House of Delegates rejected Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s veto of a bill that would boost the limit on court awards in medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill represented a compromise among Virginia’s doctors, insurers … Continue reading

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National Conference of State Legislators Sends Letter to Congress in opposition of proposed ‘HEALTH Act of 2011’ Tort reforms

Last month, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) wrote a letter to both the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Health expressing “strong, bipartisan opposition to the passage of the latest federal medical malpractice legislation, HR … Continue reading

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New York Gov. Cuomo Proposes Malpractice Damage Cap As Means to Shore-up Budget, Loses Fight with Assembly

Declaring New York State “functionally bankrupt” in February, newly-elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $132.9 billion budget that would reduce year-to-year spending for the first time in more than a decade. Key to his proposal was slashing the state’s projected … Continue reading

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Malpractice Immunity & Evidence-Based Medicine

side note: Here is an article that shows the conflict of interest that is inherent in our current system of medical liability, and outlines a reform idea worth closer inspection. While sovereign immunity is doubtful, it is an academic argument … Continue reading

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Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Formed in House of Representatives

On Feb. 10, Representatives Bob Good-latte and Dan Boren announced the creation of a bipartisan legal reform caucus, the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus. Goodlatte and Boren will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed caucus. According to the congressmen, the … Continue reading

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North Carolina Lawmakers Debate Medical Malpractice Award Cap

North Carolina began debate this week on a $250,000 cap on non-economic damage cap for medical malpractice cases. Continue reading

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President Obama Starts Drive For Medical Malpractice Reforms

President Obama is calling for ste-level tort reforms, but stops short of endorsing damage caps. Continue reading

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