No Limit, Please, on Medical Malpractice Damages

SHOULD THERE BE A LIMIT ON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DAMAGES IN NEW MEXICO? IT’S A QUESTION THAT’S BEEN TAKEN UP BY THE STATE SUPREME COURT. AT ISSUE IS WHETHER THE LEGISLATURE EXCEEDED ITS AUTHORITY IN PLACING A 600-THOUSAND DOLLAR CAP ON COMPENSATORY DAMAGES.

THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL REPORTS THE CASE INVOLVES A WOMAN WHO WON A 2.6 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGEMENT IN A MALPRACTICE CASE. THE JUDGE THEN DENIED A MOTION BY THE DEFENDANTS TO LIMIT THE PAYOUT. THE WOMAN’S ATTORNEY LISA CURTIS ARGUED THAT ALLOWING DAMAGES THAT EXCEED THE CAP SERVES AS A DETERRENT TO MISCONDUCT.

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