published Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Haslam signs bill capping jury awards for pain and suffering

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law today his legislation that caps the amount of damages that juries can award in medical malpractice and other personal injury lawsuits.

The Republican said he believes he and GOP lawmakers “did everything we could to protect victims’ rights” while at the same time providing a “predictable playing field” that will promote economic growth.

“We’re not just talking about providing a better business environment in Tennessee,” he said at a signing ceremony surrounded by GOP legislative leaders including House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga. “It’s happening.”

The new law places a $750,000 cap on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. The cap rises to $1 million in cases involving amputation, the death of a parent of minor children, serious spinal cord injuries and severe burns.

Punitive damages are limited to twice the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000 — whichever is greater — except in instances of intentional misconduct, records destruction, or conduct under influence of drugs or alcohol.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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ceeweed said...

Haslam feels your pain but it is only worth $750,000. No matter how young and healthy you are when someones gross negligence renders you a crippled brain injured shell of your former self. Our govna is such a pitiful advocate for the good people of Tennessee.

June 16, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

I wonder how many times daddy's company has been sued. I'm sure this will bring the corporate insurance levels down quite a bit for the Haslam family and their buddies.

June 17, 2011 at 1:06 a.m.
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