Medical Malpractice Fight Today

The Civil Practice Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee meets today to hear testimony on the medical malpractice reform bill sponsored by Rep. Doug Overbey. The legislation caps damages non-economic losses at $250,000 against providers and $250,000 against factilities, with no more than $500,000 awarded in any one case. It mandates periodic payments of future damages, changes the rules concerning expert witnesses, limits the bond that must be posted by a defendant on appeal, requires a certificate of merit, and limits attorneys’ fees. The Bill is HB 3693; read more about it here. The five-person committee will vote at the conclusion of testimony.

I will be spending the day at the Legislative Plaza.