Springfield, MO 417-222-4878
Joplin, MO 417-222-4878

Bipartisan deal will hurt Missouri medical malpractice victims

A few days ago, the Missouri Senate gave its initial approval to a compromise
bill that would reinstate caps on noneconomic damages in
medical malpractice claims. Malpractice award limits were overturned three years ago by our
state\’s highest court.

Now, however, it appears that Republican and Democrat lawmakers might have
forged a bipartisan deal that would establish a new cap system. This latest
political deal would put in place a multitiered system that would still
limit the rights of injured patients, critics say.

In the new deal, a cap of $400,000 on noneconomic damages would apply.
(Noneconomic damages include pain, suffering, loss of companionship, and
the like.) The law overturned by the state Supreme Court had a cap of
$350,000 for these damages.

In cases of \”catastrophic\” harm (paralysis, brain injury, blindness),
the cap would rise to $700,000.

Economic damages — things such as medical bills and lost income — would
not be limited by the new bill.

One state senator admitted that even with the modest bumps up in limits,
\”there will be situations where, frankly, people will not be adequately
compensated for their noneconomic damages.\” Now there\’s an understatement.

Think of a baby born with severe brain damage due to the negligence of
the doctor. Does anyone really think $700,000 is adequate compensation
for a lifetime of pain and complete dependence on others?

Opponents of the new proposal say it will hurt people who have already
suffered harm at the hands of negligent doctors. Rep. Sheila Solon said
the proposed law places limits on the value of a life. Rather than seeing
politicians imposing an arbitrary limit on that value, she said she trusts
Missouri juries to do what\’s right in medical malpractice cases.

Car Accidents

Man killed roadside while helping grandson

Grandparents not only share wisdom earned over their years, but most important, they show their love. A Missouri grandfather was recently helping his teenage grandson with a troublesome car when tragedy struck. The 64-year-old grandfather was killed in a car accident as he sat in his vehicle with his grandson on Missouri 152, about 160 miles north of Joplin. The pair was sitting roadside in Parkville, with the vehicle’s flashers

Birth Injuries

JUSTICE FOR BRODY KENDRICK AND THE PEOPLE OF SPRINGFIELD

Recent $34M Verdict Is One of the Largest Medical Malpractice Verdicts in Missouri In 2014, Katie Chittenden was in labor at CoxHealth Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, joyfully anticipating the birth of her child, Brody Kendrick. During labor, the staff at CoxHealth gave Katie increasing doses of the drug Pitocin, causing her contractions to become so frequent and severe that baby Brody was deprived of oxygen in the womb. Brody’s lack

Car Accidents

Injuries Caused by Pokémon Go

It has been nearly two months since the release of “Pokémon Go” and criticisms of the game continue to mount amid reports that an elderly woman in Japan was struck and killed by a distracted driver. Collisions and injuries due to Pokémon go are not isolated events and a quick google search will turn up numerous accidents across the United States. Organizations from the American Automobile Association (AAA) to police

Contact Us.

    Submitting the form is not necessarily establishing an attorney-client relationship