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What are your thoughts regarding caps on malpractice awards?
What are your thoughts regarding caps on malpractice awards? California currently has a $250,000 cap for non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. Caps were first put in place in California in 1975, and many states followed suit with caps; however, the tables have turned, and now California ranks at the low end of the 35 states with caps (Lazo, 2014). In fact, California recently voted down a proposal to raise medical malpractice caps (Laso, 2014). Removing or increasing caps will likely increase medical malpractice insurance costs; therefore, passing these costs on to the patient. However, what if something serious happened to either this baby or mother? Do you think that the $250,000 is a fair amount for this case?
Lazo, A., (2014). California voters decline to raise medical malpractice cap. Washington Wire. Retrieved from http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/11/05/california-voters-decline-to-raise-medical-malpractice-cap/
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