Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Senator Newman's proposal for reforming Virginia's medical malpractice cap

From the Lynchburg paper, via Virginia Lawyers Weekly, here is a description of a proposal from Senator Newman to replace the $1.6 million liability cap on medical malpractice damages in Virginia with a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages, on the model of California, with the idea that this would actually reduce awards against doctors because it would eliminate the incentive for lawyers in every case to seek the $1.6 million.

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