House Passes Malpractice Limits

Legislation that would limit damages for medical malpractice has passed the House for the third consecutive year.

The bill, approved Thursday by a vote of 230-194, would cap awards for pain and suffering at $250,000. There would be no limit on economic damages, which provide reimbursement for such expenses as medical bills and lost wages. Finally, the bill would in many cases cap punitive damages at $250,000.

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