Missouri Supreme Court hearing challenge to malpractice limits

Thursday, January 14, 2010 | 9:15 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether to overturn limits on how much money people can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.

The court scheduled arguments Thursday in a case challenging a 2005 law that set a flat $350,000 cap for non-economic damages, such as for pain and suffering. Missouri's previous limit had been $579,000, with an annual adjustment for inflation.

The 2005 law was a priority of then-Gov. Matt Blunt and the Republican-led General Assembly. They said stricter limits were needed on medical malpractice lawsuits to hold down the cost of liability insurance for doctors and other medical providers.


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