Tuesday, May 02, 2006

State of malpractice in your state

I have recently come across the following headlines/news:
"Associated Press - SANFORD, Fla. - A jury awarded $28 million Wednesday to a woman who sued her gynecologist for allegedly botching an operation that left her unable to urinate naturally."
"NORWALK, FL -- Norwalk Hospital, a former doctor and his practice have agreed to pay nearly $17 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman left in a vegetative state after giving birth."
On February 13, 2003, petitioner [JKM], M.D., instituted the above-styled
action by filing a complaint pro se against respondents the West Virginia Trial Lawyers
Association and its then-President, William L. Frame." (from AAPSOnline).
Malpractice coverage and asset protection is becoming a bigger and bigger deal for physicians. What is the current status in your state? Is there a cap on "emotional suffering" damages? How friendly (or unfriendly) is your state towards physicians?

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