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.