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Calif. Court's ACA Benefits Ruling May Trim Med Mal Awards

Law360, Los Angeles (May 2, 2017, 5:07 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court’s recent holding that parties sued for medical malpractice can use projected Affordable Care Act benefits to challenge plaintiff estimates of future medical costs will “level the playing field” and reduce awards in cases where catastrophic injuries necessitate a lifetime of medical care, defense attorneys say.

Last week, a First Appellate District panel overturned a jury’s $9.6 million future medical expenses award to a boy, Brian Cuevas, who suffered a brain injury at birth due to the negligence of a doctor employed by...
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