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HR 4280 - Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill - National Key Vote

Bernie Sanders voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (229-197) - (Key vote)
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Title: Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would implement health care liability reforms.

  • Establishes a federal statute of limitations of three years after the date of manifestation of injury or one year after the claimant discovers or should have discovered the injury with certain exceptions including fraud, intentional concealment, or the presence of a foreign body in the injured person (Sec. 3).
  • Places a cap of $250,000 on non-economic damages, with each party legally responsible only for the amount of damages directly proportional to such party's percentage of responsibility (Sec. 4).
  • Places a cap of $250,000 on punitive damages, or twice the economic damages awarded, whichever amount is greater, and provides that punitive damages shall be awarded only in cases where economic damages are found (Sec. 4).
  • Permits the court to restrict the payment of attorney contingency fees, and limits the fees to a percentage based on the amount of damages awarded (Sec. 5).
  • Limits the liability of manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and providers of medical products that comply with Food and Drug Administration standards (Sec. 7).
  • Requires periodic payments of future damage awards in excess of $50,000 (Sec. 8).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill


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


  • Joe Linus Barton (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Judy Biggert (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John A. Boehner (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Max Burns (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dan L. Burton (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Shelley Moore Capito (WV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher Cox (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Philip M. Crane (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Phil Gingrey (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Virgil H. Goode Jr. (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John David 'J.D.' Hayworth Jr. (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Samuel Robert 'Sam' Johnson (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard Keller (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Scott McInnis (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Candice S. Miller (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John P. 'Jack' Murtha (PA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph R. 'Joe' Pitts (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Todd Russell Platts (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher H. Shays (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Bill Shuster (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
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