Rep. Smucker Votes to Limit Rights of Medical Malpractice Victims

Rep Smucker voted for H.B. 1215 that would limit malpractice awards to $250,000 regardless of the damage caused by the malpractice.

“This bill would cause real harm by severely limiting the ability of victims to be made whole,” House Judiciary Committee lead Democrat Rep. John Conyers (D-MI13) said. “The bill’s $250,000 aggregate limit for noneconomic damages — an amount established more than 40 years ago pursuant to a California statute — would have a particularly adverse impact on women, children, the poor, and other vulnerable members of society. These groups are more likely to receive noneconomic damages in health care cases because they are less able to establish lost wages and other economic losses.”

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