Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

March 11 , 2005

Tort reform legislation moves a step closer to passage

In its major provisions, the Senate version:

  1. Increases the non-economic damages cap from the House recommended amount of $250,000 to $350,000;
  2. Adds a provision regarding immunity for providers at free clinics;
  3. Allows the non-economic damages cap to apply to individuals or entities providing health care services to a patient;
  4. Modifies expert witness provisions; and
  5. Adds back certain provisions regarding joint and several liability, whereas the House removed such provisions from the law.

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