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Deadlines create Mississippi medical malpractice filing urgency

A special legislative session earlier in the year capped noneconomic damage awards to $1 million and set punitive damage awards at a percentage of a company's worth. Another 2002 special legislative session limited jury awards to $500,000 in Mississippi medical malpractice lawsuits, which became an effective law January 1, 2003.

The latest caps went into effect by 5 p.m. the last day of August 2004. Some lawyers have rushed to file client lawsuits, representing personal injury cases involving worker exposure to crystalline silica, a compound used in sand and granite that is linked to lung disease when its dust is inhaled. Business and economic officials believe the caps will end medical malpractice lawsuit and personal injury lawsuit abuse and increase job creation. According to lawyers, the Mississippi medical malpractice caps and personal injury caps will make it difficult to obtain appropriate awards for seriously injured litigants.

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