Key Votes

HR 5 - Malpractice Liability bill - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Mary Bono Mack voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Placed on Calendar (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (229-196) - (Key vote)

Title: Malpractice Liability bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would limit the amount of money awarded to plaintiffs and attorneys for medical malpractice cases.

Highlights:
  • Economic damages found by the courts receive no caps, and remain limitless based on financial losses incurred by the plaintiff, i.e. income loss, medical costs, and such.
  • Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, will be capped at $250,000.
  • Punitive damages may only be awarded if economic damages are found by substantial probability, and will be capped at $250,000, or double the economic damage, whichever is greater.
  • A lawsuit is required to be brought within three years of the date of injury; exceptions are stated.
  • Bars lawsuits brought against manufacturers and distributors for products that were legally approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Specifies terms between state and federal courts, and attorney contingency fees.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Malpractice Liability bill

Sponsors

  • James C. 'Jim' Greenwood (PA - ) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors