Nevada Assembly Approves Bill To Lift Medical Malpractice Cap for Non-Economic Damages
The Nevada Assembly voted 26-15 on Monday to pass legislation that would remove a $350,000 cap on jury awards for non-economic damages in medical liability lawsuits, the Las Vegas Sun reports. The cap was approved by voters in 2004 after concern was raised that higher medical malpractice insurance premiums were driving some doctors out of the state. The bill would permit unlimited damages for instances of gross negligence and would give patients an additional 12 months to decide if they want to file a lawsuit (McGrath Schwartz, Las Vegas Sun, 4/20).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.