Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Malpractice Reform Compromise Passes in Atlanta

Now just waiting for the governor to sign...

"Georgia lawmakers settled three years of arguing over medical malpractice laws Monday when the Senate agreed to place a $350,000 cap on pain-and-suffering awards for people hurt by negligent doctors.

The bill makes sweeping changes to the rules for people suing doctors for malpractice, changes aimed at shielding doctors from expensive or frivolous lawsuits. Doctors have long argued that they're being run out of business by high malpractice insurance rates.

The Senate originally voted to cap pain-and-suffering awards at $250,000, a limit the doctors and their insurers wanted. But the House raised that cap to $350,000, and after a failed attempt last week, the Senate agreed to that change Monday. The agreement means the bill awaits only the governor's signature to become law. "


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