Federal Government Considers Bill Capping Medical Malpractice Damages

Federal Government Considers Bill Capping Medical Malpractice Damages

On February 28th the House Judiciary Committee approved a measure to cap damages on medical malpractice cases filed against nursing homes, hospitals and doctors, a measure many states (including California) already have in place. The limit would cap pain and suffering damages at $250,000. If passed, such as legislation would severely curtail patients' rights to obtain justice for their injuries. Those harmed by medical malpractice may be denied fair and just compensation to cover a potential life-time of suffering. This cap is especially harmful to those not in the workforce such as children and the elderly, whose economic damages are limited.

A ranking member of the judiciary noted, “This measure .... will directly impede Americans access to safe quality medical care,” and may also indirectly shield pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers who sell dangerous products. The legislation includes provisions granting immunity to drug companies where patients are harmed by drugs approved by the FDA.

As San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we are committed to fighting for quality health care and representing those harmed by medical negligence. If you believe you or a loved one has been injured due to a medical mistake, please contact our San Diego medical malpractice lawfirm at once for a confidential consultation.

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