Texas Governor Rick Perry Conducts Ceremonial Signing of Medical Malpractice Bill
In Corpus Christi today, Gov. Rick Perry signed a ceremonial copy of a bill designed to limit Texas medical malpractice lawsuits and lower medical malpractice premiums. Corpus Christi is one of nine cities that Perry will visit during the week for ceremonial signings of bills relating to medical malpractice. This bill was of particular interest for residents of the Corpus Christi area; local doctors advocated the bill, claiming that Corpus Christi residents and Texas medical malpractice attorneys had a tendency to file frivolous lawsuits. While Perry cited the bill as an example of the work he is doing to assist Texans, some Democrats claim that his priorities are misplaced. The proposed changes to the Texas medical malpractice laws led to heated debate, with supporters saying that the bill will prevent the state from losing doctors and will prevent frivolous lawsuits and opponents claiming that the bill will limit the ability of Texas medical malpractice attorneys to hold accountable those who cause harm. The law would place a cap of $250,000 on non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering) that can be awarded in a case and prevents attorneys from suing each doctor in the case individually. A constitutional amendment election on September 13th will allow Texas voters to decide if legislators will receive the authority to set damage caps in liability cases.
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