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Indiana Passes Controversial Medical Malpractice Law

It's been two decades and lawmakers in Indiana have voted in favor of a controversial medical malpractice cap.
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It's been two decades and lawmakers in Indiana have voted in favor of a controversial medical malpractice cap. This cap will exclusively impact the lives of those who have been victims of medical malpractice. Currently, in Indiana the amount of damages one can cover caps at 1.25 million. This law was passed over 18 years ago. Under this new law the cap will now be raised to $1.65 million.

Many Indiana residents are not satisfied with the new law as the medical malpractice cap is one of the lowest in the nation. Originally the governor of Indiana had proposed a cap increase every four years due to the cost of inflation but the proposal was never able to pass because of the opposition it has received from the Indiana State Medical Association.

The Bobbitts family in Indiana are no fans of this new law. They have been fighting for over 10 years after their daughter's birth caused her to be a quadriplegic and left her unable to speak. The family was awarded $15million dollar in damages; however, the cap that was initiated by Indiana may lower that amount to just over 1 million dollars, an amount the family is not happy with.

According to an Indianapolis Lawyer Indiana law, doctors are responsible for only the first $250,000 in damages related to malpractice. They have a limit of no more than $750,00.00 per year. Currently, the Indiana Patient Compensation Fund pays anything over $750,00.00 up to 1 million.