Pre-Filed Bill Would Restore Caps On Medical Malpractice Damages


Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

In 2005 lawmakers passed legislation signed by former Gov. Matt Blunt, a Republican, that capped non-economic damages at $350,000, but that cap was ruled unconstitutional in 2012 by the Missouri Supreme Court. State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, has pre-filed a bill to restore the $350,000 cap.  In a written statement, Burlison says his bill would satisfy the constitutional question by replacing Missouri’s common-law right to sue over health-care services with a statutory right to sue.

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