Title

Medical Malpractice Noneconomic Caps Unconstitutional

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

The constitutionality and efficacy of medical malpractice damage caps has been a subject of controversy for many years. In 2012, the Supreme Court of Missouri struck down the cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice claims in \Natt.s \/. Lester E. Cox Medical Centers^ because the cap violated the right to trial by jury protected by the Missouri Constitution.'' This article first recognizes the adoption of med-mal caps, explores the evolution of constitutional arguments regarding med-mal caps, and then finally discusses whether a rational basis exists for the caps and whether the caps otherwise constitute good public policy.

Recommended Citation

Miller, Carol J., and Joseph Weidhaas. Medical Malpractice Noneconomic Caps Unconstitutional." J. MO. B. 69 (2013): 344-350."

Department

Finance and General Business

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