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Oregon medical malpractice caps argued

Measure 35 would place a $500,000 limit on non-economic damages for Oregon medical malpractice awards. Though juries would still be able to award full compensation for medical expenses and earning losses, the cap would affect damages for pain, mental suffering and emotional distress.

Supporters of Measure 35 say the limits are necessary because unrestricted jury awards are driving up medical malpractice insurance costs and causing early retirement for doctors or dropping high-risk specialties. Critics of the ballot measure argue capping awards is placing an unfair limit on determining the worth of a person's life, which will only serve to further victimize those most seriously suffering from instances of medical malpractice.

Both sides of the debate are expected to begin filling the Oregon airwaves with television ads supporting their respective arguments.

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