medical malpractice

Since Missouri's state lawmakers are on spring break this week, "St. Louis on the Air" is checking in to see what they've accomplished so far, and what remains on the to-do list.

Four bills have been passed by both chambers and sent to the governor:

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The speaker of the Missouri House is pushing lawmakers to restore caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

A 2005 Missouri law created a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.  But that cap was tossed out in 2012 by the Missouri Supreme Court. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, surrounded by a group of medical professionals and lawmakers Thursday in Jefferson City, said restoring the caps will be one of his top priorities this year.

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Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Efforts in Missouri to restore caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits are in limbo.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would restore caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The law that put the caps in place was tossed out last year by the Missouri Supreme CourtState Representative Mike Colona (D, St. Louis) spoke against restoring medical malpractice damage caps during floor debate.

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Well, the Missouri Supreme Court has certainly done its part for the news cycle today with an array of decisions.

Here's a quick taste of what happened, and links to our separate stories so you can dig in to find out more about each.

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Updated 4:33 p.m. with reporting by KCUR's Elana Gordon.

Missouri’s Supreme Court has effectively overturned state caps on non-economic damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.  The court ruled today in favor of Deborah Watts, who filed suit against Cox Medical Centers in Springfield for injuries her son suffered at birth in 2006.