Medical Negligence $500,000 Cap Debate Heads To Committee

House and Senate members will spend a little more time on how North Carolina should limit monetary damages in medical negligence cases.

The Senate rejected Tuesday changes to its bill made by the House last week. The competing measures now will be worked out into one compromise in a conference committee.

The two chambers both agreed to place a $500,000 cap of some kind for jury awards for the non-economic harm of a patient who has been the victim of malpractice. The House and Senate have differing views on what non-economic damages entail. The caps include things such as pain, suffering and emotional distress, but the House cap doesn't apply it to disfigurement, partial loss of a body part or permanent injury.

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