The San Diego Injury Lawyer Blog (post since removed) reports that the California Court of Appeals has extended the protections given to doctors under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) to emergency medical technicians (EMTs) transporting patients because EMTs were “inextricably identified” with the health and medical care of their patients.
The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 was ostensibly enacted in California to provide for affordable medical malpractice insurance for doctors because, you know, doctors are so poor and all. MICRA limits medical malpractice jury awards $250,000 in noneconomic damages and staggers payment for verdicts over $50,000 future medicals and lost wages. Making matters worse, doctor defendants in medical malpractice cases can introduce collateral sources to show medical payments made by insurance companies.
I don’t question MICRA, including EMTs. I question the logic of MICRA itself.