Update California’s Malpractice Cap, Says Nader
The Governor and the State Legislature of California have been called upon by consumer advocate Ralph Nader to immediately look into changing the state’s increasing and outdated cap that limits the compensation for injuries caused by medical malpractice or medical negligence.
Corporate Crime Reporter states that 10,000 Californians die annually from medical malpractice, while many others suffer aggravated injuries, illnesses, and hospital-induced infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has capped such “non-economic” injuries at $250,000 per person since 1975 when it was passed, with no inflation adjustments in more than 35 years. California’s MICRA law limits the legal rights of the victims of serious injury due to medical negligence and makes it difficult to hold negligent doctors and hospitals liable for malpractice. MICRA also shifts the costs of medical malpractice to taxpayers as the medical practitioners are insulated by the law’s decades-old cap, reports Corporate Crime Reporter.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by medical malpractice, contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation and to find out if a medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you.