Texas Court Backs Medical Malpractice Cap

Law360, New York (August 27, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT) -- A Texas state appeals court on Friday upheld a judge’s $9.5 million reduction of a $14.75 million jury award over a doctor’s error that led to a quadruple amputation, saying a state cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice suits doesn’t violate state law and is constitutional.

The Fifth Court of Appeals found that Judge Jim Jordan had correctly reduced the jury's $11 million award of noneconomic damages to David Fritzgerald — for amputations following gangrene that set in after Dr. Meenakshi Prabhakar’s alleged negligence —...
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