Iowa House Approves Tweaked Bill To Cap Med Mal Damages

Law360, Los Angeles (April 13, 2017, 9:52 PM EDT) -- The Iowa House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve a tort reform bill to discourage medical malpractice suits after lawmakers agreed to remove the “hard cap” on noneconomic damages and allow the most egregious negligence cases to exceed $250,000.

The bill passed the Iowa Legislature’s lower house in a 65-32 vote that had a dozen Democrat lawmakers voting in favor of it after the House unanimously adopted a “soft cap” amendment that would limit noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering at $250,000, unless a...
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