Posted on August 11, 2017
Two bills in Louisiana created to increase the $500,000 cap on economic damages in medical malpractice cases prompted the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee to seek an all-encompassing look at the state’s medical malpractice laws. This action puts the two bills on hold for the 2017 legislative season.
The bills in question are House Bill 526 by Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Minden, and House Bill 51 by Rep. Steve Pugh, R-Ponchatoula. The consensus after the bills were held in committee was that the issues raised need to be reviewed in broader context. The issues will be reviewed by lawmakers, doctors, and personal injury lawyers.
HB 526 would bring about the following changes:
HB 51 would adjust the cap on recoverable damages to $1 million plus interest and costs.
Many people testified for and in opposition to the new bills, recalling stories about how the system failed family members who had to file for medical malpractice. Many hope to keep the system accountable for medical mistakes so they don’t happen in the first place.
The issues will be reviewed in broader context and will delay the measure until after the House and Senate’s current session. But Reynolds stated that it served its intended purpose to capture attention.