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Bad Progress in Hawaii

The Hawaii House of Representatives approved a bill to put one of the most restrictive medical malpractice cap on noneconomic awards in medical malpractice lawsuits against some types of doctors.

Hawaii House Bill limits non-economic damages to $250,000 in malpractice lawsuits against doctors who practice in areas such as emergency medicine, neurological surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, and general surgery. Adding insult to injury, the bill also caps at $3 million the award for gross negligence.

Incredibly, all of this is necessary even with Hawaii’s cap of $375,000 for the pain and suffering award. One goal of all of is this is to dissuade Hawaii medical malpractice lawyers from taking on malpractice cases because the economics do not support bring a claim even with merit.

If you need a medical malpractice lawyer in Hawaii, call 800-553-8082.

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