According to a recent news article from the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida Supreme Court has just ruled that the existing damages cap on medical malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional. The bill in question was signed into law by then-Governor Jeb Bush in 2003. It was very controversial at the time and is no longer the law in our state.
The judges held, through their majority opinion, that caps on noneconomic damages are arbitrary, serve only to reduce a plaintiff’s recovery in the case of serious injuries, and are only for the benefit of the insurance companies. The state officials and Bush originally justified the law on the basis that we were facing what they called an insurance crisis. Continue reading →