Legal Medicine

Legal Pearls: California Legislators Make Deal to Avoid Medical Malpractice Ballot Measure

    Ann W. Latner, JD

    After years of debate and battles surrounding California’s cap on medical malpractice awards, lawmakers have reached an agreement to replace a ballot measure raising medical malpractice caps with legislation. The new legislation will raise the cap on noneconomic damages—also known as “pain and suffering”—over a 10-year period.

    What is the agreement?

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