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Constitutional Changes to Malpractice Damage Caps

Cap on noneconomic damages nixed in Utah wrongful-death cases

But the Utah Health Care Malpractice Act says an injured person can recover for noneconomic losses to compensate for pain, suffering and inconvenience - but only up to $450,000. The high court's decision, handed down Tuesday, says article XVI, section 5 trumps the malpractice act.

State caps damages for medical malpractice

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure Thursday capping some damage awards in medical malpractices cases, three years after the state's Supreme Court struck down similar limits as unconstitutional. "This bipartisan legislation protects patients by making sure that significant financial restitution can be sought in cases of medical malpractice, while also helping to attract and retain health care providers in our state," said Nixon in a statement.

Circuit judge rules Tennessee's tort reform limits are unconstitutional

A Hamilton County circuit court judge ruled Monday that Tennessee's $750,000 cap on certain civil jury awards is unconstitutional, possibly triggering a Tennessee Supreme Court review of Gov. Bill Haslam's 2011 tort reform initiative. "I must admit, when [the law] passed, I wondered by what authority" it was done, Rep.