Malpractice Award Battle Could End Up On California Ballot

February 20, 2014

Supporters of raising California’s award limit for medical malpractice suits hope to put the issue before voters and are gathering signatures to do so.

The Los Angeles Times reported lawyers and consumer groups are getting signatures for a ballot measure to increase 1975′s pain and suffering limit of $250,000. The ballot is backed by Consumer Watchdog, which announced efforts to raise the $250,000 limit  on pain and suffering to $1.1 million in July 2013.

They say limiting certain damages in malpractice cases can deny victims fair compensation for grisly medical mistakes.

Medical-MalpracticeInsurance companies, doctors and other health care providers say the restrictions help control costs and maintain the availability of care.

Opponents of raising the limits have already raised $33 million to fight the proposed measure.

The initiative’s backers have until March 24 to submit signed petitions to place their proposal on the fall ballot.

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