Tag archive: tort reform

The Ever-Changing Caps on Non-Economic Damages for Medical Malpractice Cases in Missouri

From the inception of an initial pleading until the final word of closing arguments, attorneys constantly assess, reassess, and re-reassess the “value” of their case based on each new piece of information that is introduced. While the term “value” can have any number of meanings (final ownership of a patent, full custody of a child,…

Non-Economic Damage Caps Remain Constitutional in Wrongful Death Actions

On April 19, 2016, the Missouri Supreme Court issued its opinion in James Dodson, et al. v. Robert Ferrara, M.D., et al. The Court upheld Missouri’s 2005 “tort reform” non-economic damage cap as constitutional as applied in wrongful death cases. Basic Facts and Litigation History: On February 8, 2011, Shannon Dodson presented to the Mercy…

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