The San Jose Mercury News has an article on tort reform in Nevada. The story profiles a man who cannot find a lawyer because of Nevada’s cap of $350,000 in pain and suffering (noneconomic) damages in medical malpractice lawsuits in Nevada.
What is almost as bad is Nevada’s statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases which has been reduced to 1 year.
The Mercury News points out that the median salaries for general surgeons in this area of the country are $292,000, according to Salary.com, compared with $235,000 for OB-GYNs and $158,000 for family practitioners. Which indirectly states the obvious: why are we sacrificing justice so doctors can pay less in medical malpractice insurance premiums?