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$9 Million Malpractice Award Really Means…

A New Mexico jury has ordered three doctors to pay a woman $9 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit for failing to diagnose her heart attack in November 2006. Particularly compelling: the woman was 24 years-old. She presented with classic symptoms, so the doctors gave less attention to her than they should have.

A $9 million verdict is the headline. The plaintiff will recover at most $1.8 million. New Mexico has a medical malpractice cap of $600,000 per doctor. I’m not aware of any other states that have a “per doctor” malpractice cap.

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