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Sen. Feinstein Drops Compromise Effort on Medical Malpractice Caps

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has dropped her efforts to broker a compromise on legislation placing caps on medical malpractice awards. Feinstein had been working with...
March 31, 2003

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has dropped her efforts to broker a compromise on legislation placing caps on medical malpractice awards. Feinstein had been working with Republican Senators on a proposal to double a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages included in House legislation. She said she dropped the compromise effort after medical associations indicated they would not support it. The American Medical Association denied opposing the proposal. The Senate compromise would have increased to $500,000 the cap on those damages and would have allowed awards up to $2 million in cases of severe disfigurement or death.

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