The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state's cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases, ruling 4-3 that the cap violated the state Constitution. In a joint news release, the Wisconsin Medical Society and Wisconsin Hospital Association expressed disappointment at the ruling. "Wisconsin's system has been a model for the rest of the country and has been credited with attracting physicians to practice in our state," WHA President Steve Brenton said in the release. "Wisconsin had it right," said Susan Turney, the medical society's chief executive officer. "We had a balanced medical liability system, including unlimited economic damages and a cap on noneconomic damages ... I'm very nervous about the future." The court said the caps appeared arbitrary and unreasonably low and discriminated against the very young who might live for several decades with the effects of a wrongful injury. The cap was set at $350,000 in 1995 and with adjustments for inflation rose to $445,775 in the current year. -- by Andis Robeznieks
Wis. court strikes cap on noneconomic damages
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