Lawmakers Consider Increase of the Indiana Medical Malpractice Damage Cap
October 16th, 2015|
When an Indiana patient is harmed as the result of a medical professional’s error or negligence, the victim may seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, the total amount of compensation that injury victims can receive is limited by state law. But our Indiana medical malpractice lawyers point out that state lawmakers are now considering reforming medical malpractice cap policies.
Current Indiana medical malpractice caps limit the amount of non-economic damages a victim can receive to $1.25 million. Experts say this limit is antiquated, as it was established 16 years ago when the costs of medical treatment were much lower.
According to Indiana Public Media, the amount of time that has passed since the law’s last updated has prompted some health care officials to become concerned about the constitutionality of the law. Furthermore, the current status of the medical malpractice cap has led to a legislative committee considering raising the limit.
Many feel an increase on the Indiana medical malpractice cap is long overdue, while opponents claim an increase may raise the costs of doctors doing business in The Hoosier State. No decisions have been reached in the matter yet.
The legal staff at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe in getting injury victims the compensation they deserve, and our Indiana personal injury lawyers are waiting to see if legislators decide to raise the Indiana medical malpractice cap.