Medical Malpractice Editorial Right on the Mark

Yesterday’s NY Times editorial succinctly and correctly summarized the US House’s ill-advised medical malpractice legislation. The editorial notes that the proposed bill should be rejected by the US Senate because its essentially unfair to patients victimized by medical errors.
In part, the editorial argued, “The malpractice measure would make it harder to seek compensation for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and would limit awards to $250,000, which is far too little to compensate someone who is paralyzed or blinded for life by medical negligence. It would also limit patients’ ability to file punitive damage suits and limit awards in those suits to $250,000 or twice the amount of economic damages awarded.”