Texas Legislature Sets Cap on Medical Malpractice Awards
Current medical malpractice insurance rates are a top concern for the state of Texas, according to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Dewhurst claims that rising Texas medical malpractice costs cause many doctors to either leave the state or abandon their practices, creating a statewide shortage of medical practitioners. In response, the legislature set a cap on awards to complainants in Texas medical malpractice suits. New limits on the amount that plaintiffs may be awarded restrict financial compensation for pain and suffering. Under the new legislations, plaintiffs may only be awarded $250,000 from physicians, $250,000 from hospitals, and $250,000 from nursing homes and other institutions for a maximum of $750,000.
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