Ballot Measure Filed to Raise California’s Medical Damages Cap

From the Sacramento Bee:

The drive to lift California's cap on medical damages could be going to the ballot box.  A coalition that includes Consumer Watchdog and the Consumer Attorneys of California has been lobbying aggressively this year to change a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. They argue the current limit, put in place by the 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, is outdated and insufficient to cover the prolonged affects of doctor negligence or botched medical procedure.

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Californian's Allied for Patient Protection's response:

Doctors, hospitals, nurses, community clinics, local governments, labor unions, police, emergency responders, employer groups and others today denounced a trial lawyer-sponsored ballot measure filed Wednesday that will make it easier and more lucrative for lawyers to file lawsuits against health care providers and generate more in legal fees. The initiative’s main provision makes changes to California’s landmark Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) to increase the cap on speculative, “non-economic” damages from the current $250,000 to more than $1.2 million (based on an adjustment mandated in the initiative).

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