Wednesday, April 27, 2022
CA: Deal to Raise MICRA Med Mal Damage Cap
A compromise among trial lawyers, medical groups, and lawmakers has been reached that will raise California's medical malpractice caps and avert a November ballot initiative. In 1975, California passed MICRA, which capped pain and suffering damages in med mal cases at $250,000. The cap has not been raised since. In today's money, $250,000 is equivalent to approximately $1.3 million. According to Cheryl Miller at Law.com:
The deal will raise California’s current $250,000 limit on noneconomic damages starting in 2023 to $350,000 in incidents where the victim does not die, and to $500,000 in wrongful death incidents. The caps will continue to rise incrementally over the following 10 years to $750,000 and $1 million. After 2033, the award limits will increase by 2% annually.
Bravo to all involved! The story (behind a paywall) is here.