On July 31, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages (pain and suffering) in medical malpractice lawsuits. The court held that the cap on damages violated a person’s constitutional right to trial by jury under the state constitution. The complete text of the opinion can be found here.
Missouri now joins six other states that have held damage caps in medical malpractice actions unconstitutionally take a victim’s compensation of the hands of the jury. Other states include Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington. California and six other states have challenges pending. See an updated list here.
For more information, or if you or a loved one have been injured in California, please contact the experienced lawyers at Mulligan, Banham & Findley. Our telephone number is 619-238-8700.