MO Statehouse
1:00 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers To Pursue Medical Liability Limits

Missouri lawmakers have their eyes on reinstating liability caps for medical malpractice cases after the state Supreme Court struck down the limits last summer.

The high court concluded a 2005 law was unconstitutional. It had capped noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases at $350,000.

Supporters of limiting damages say the cap is important for reducing health care costs and helping to keep doctors in Missouri. Opponents argue the right to a jury trial is the lynchpin for all basic liberties and must be protected.

Republican leaders have said they want to address liability limits. Legislation and state constitutional amendments have been proposed. Lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Wednesday for the start of the 2013 legislative session.