Fla. Justices Could Chill Doc Malpractice Suits, Attys Fear

By Carolina Bolado (June 7, 2016, 2:13 PM EDT) -- Medical malpractice cases coming before the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday could transform the landscape for such litigation in the state by cementing lawmakers' power to cap attorneys' fee awards in cases against public facilities, which patient attorneys contend would slash citizens' access to court.

The state's high court will hear oral arguments in two high-profile cases debating the constitutionality of statutes that allow a claims bill to limit an attorneys' fee award and that cap noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases.

In the fee award case, plaintiffs firm Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA is fighting for the $3.75...

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