House Committee Approves Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages for Noneconomic Injuries

The United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee approved a controversial medical malpractice bill last week.  By a vote of 30 in favor to 20 opposed, the Committee passed a bill that would put restrictions on medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors and cap noneconomic damages, such as those for pain and suffering, at $250,000.

Opponents of this bill urge supporters to remember that the bill is likely to face significant opposition in the Senate. Additionally, even if the bill cleared the Senate and gained the President’s signature, the law would likely face judicial challenges for preempting state rights.

We will continue to keep you posted on any significant developments related to federal health care reform or medical malpractice changes.