California's $250,000 Cap on Non-Economic Damages in Malpractice Cases Upheld

side note: Since 1975, California’s MICRA Tort Reforms, which include a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages, has been the gold standard of tort reforms for more than 35 years. It has been tested in the state’s court system regularly, and most recently, an appellate court decision that reduced a $6 million jury award to the state’s limit of $250,000, stands as another affirmation of the law’s constitutionality. California’s relatively moderate medical malpractice insurance premiums are often attributed to the MICRA Act.

By ALICIA GALLEGOS, amednews staff. Posted Sept. 26, 2011.

The Court of Appeal of the State of California, 5th Appellate District, has upheld the state’s $250,000 noneconomic damages cap, reaffirming what physicians nationwide consider the gold standard among tort reforms.

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