Caps on medical malpractice lawsuits win OK from Missouri house panel

JEFFERSON CITY • A House committee on Wednesday endorsed legislation to cap some awards in medical malpractice cases.

The measures would limit non-economic damages for medical malpractice lawsuits to $350,000. That limit would not apply to economic damages such as lost wages or hospital bills.

Supporters say the legislation is necessary to keep medical malpractice insurance premiums from soaring and potentially driving doctors out of the state, or at least making it more difficult for them to stay in business.