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Burlison Pre-files Bill to Reinstate Caps in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

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A bill that would reinstate caps in some medical malpractice lawsuits has been filed in advance of this year’s legislative session in Jefferson City. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

The bill would bring back caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Typically, those are damages a patient incurs that it’s hard to put a price tag on, like severe pain, emotional distress, or loss of the enjoyment of life.

It was filed by Representative Eric Burlison of Greene County, a Republican.   In a press release, Burlison is quoted as saying the legislation is needed to attract and retain good doctors in Missouri, and that it would keep the cost of health care from skyrocketing.

If passed, the bill would bring back Missouri’s former cap of $350,000 on non-economic damages in such lawsuits. The Missouri Supreme Court said that cap was invalid in July.

The legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 9.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.