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Med-mal cap fight on horizon for 2009 (access required)

Familiar battle lines between plaintiffs’ lawyers and doctors will be forming soon over a possible increase in Virginia’s $2 million cap on damages in medical malpractice cases. The arena has been quiet for nine years as the malpractice cap advanced in steps from $1.5 million. As part of the legislative deal that resulted in stairstep ...

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  1. R. Wertheimer, M.D.

    If the malpractice cap is raised or removed, the cost of insurance will eventually grow beyond physicians’ ability to pay, resulting in a critical loss of access to care when offices close due to lack of insurance. Narrow self interest will eventually sink the medical profession, so either save the cap, or warn people not to get sick.

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