Missouri Medical Malpractice Caps One Step Closer to Final Approval
A bill aiming to reinstate caps on Missouri medical malpractice awards is one step closer to receiving final approval. If Gov. Jay Nixon signs Senate Bill 239 into law, victims of malpractice in our state would be limited in how much they can receive in non-economic damages for harm such as pain and suffering.
According to the Washington Times, the state senate approved the bill several months ago, sending it to the Missouri House of Representatives. On Tues., April 21, representatives voted 125-27 in favor of SB 239. The bill will now go to the governor’s desk for final approval.
If Gov. Nixon signs the bill into law, victims of medical malpractice will be able to receive no more than $400,000 for expenses other than lost wages, medical bills, and attorneys fees. If the victim’s injury is considered catastrophic, the victim can seek up to $700,000.
Those in favor of the bill say it will help to attract more doctors and medical professionals to Missouri by lowering insurance rates. Those who are against the measure argue it prevents medical malpractice victims from receiving the compensation they deserve.
The controversy surrounding the bill highlights the complexities of Missouri medical malpractice laws. Having a St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer by your side if you’ve been harmed by a doctor’s mistake or negligence can help protect your rights to the compensation you need. Contact Cofman Townsley 24/7 at (314) 499-1190 to talk to a member of our team.