Florida lawmakers are expected to meet Tuesday to pass a compromise medical malpractice reform bill that would cap noneconomic damages at $500,000 against doctors and $750,000 against hospitals. However, in cases of catastrophic injury, permanent vegetative state or death, juries could award noneconomic damages of up to $1 million against doctors and $1.5 million against hospitals. In all cases, the limit against emergency room physicians would be $150,000. While Republican Gov. Jeb Bush dropped his months-long insistence on a $250,000 cap, the American Medical Association has steadfastly maintained that only a $250,000 cap will significantly lower insurance costs. -- by Michael Romano
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