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Medical professional liablity limits up for vote(2)

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a hearing on Tuesday afternoon for legislation by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Memphis, and Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, that limits medical professional liability or requires pre-certification of medical malpractice cases. Norris’ bill, SB 2001, is similar to last year’s legislation. .

It sets caps on damages for loss of enjoyment of life, loss of society, loss of consortium, and mental anguish at $250,000; permits mandated periodic payments; limits attorneys fees; permits damages for failure to provide a pre-filing doctor’s affidavit; and requires a waiver of any doctor-patient confidentiality with respect to plaintiffs involved in litigation

Jackson’s bill, SB 0033, requires certification by a competent medical expert that the case and defense have merit or that material information is not known.