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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Medical-Malpractice Damages Cap

The North Carolina Legislature recently voted to override Governor Beverly Perdue’s veto of new legislation that limits the amount of damages people may recover in medical-malpractice lawsuits. Proponents of the law say it will reduce medical-malpractice insurance costs and attract more doctors to the state, but critics say it is unconstitutional and wrongly limits the potential recovery of patients injured by doctors’ negligence. North Carolina’s new medical-malpractice law limits the amount of noneconomic damages an injured patient may recover at $500,000. Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate a patient for […]

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