Though known the country over for its independence, Texas has a few things in common with most other states in the country; it has a cap on medical malpractice damages. Because of this, it can be challenging for victims of medical malpractice to attain the fullest compensation to which they are entitled for any injuries or harm they’ve endured due to physician negligence. For more information on the Lonestar State’s caps on damages, please continue reading, then contact an experienced Harris County, Texas medical malpractice lawyer today.
How does Texas cap damages in medical malpractice cases?
The first thing you should understand is that the cap on damages in Texas only pertains to non-economic damages, not economic damages. For example, if an individual pursues a medical malpractice claim against a physician or a single healthcare institution, they may only receive a maximum of $250,000 on non-economic damages. If a person wants to sue multiple healthcare institutions, they can only receive a maximum of $500,000 in non-economic damages.
What does Texas consider non-economic damages?
Courts award non-economic damages to compensate the plaintiff for abstract losses that stem from their injury, including:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship and society
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Injury to the plaintiff’s reputation
As you can see, these damages are more subjective in nature (though they are still very real) than economic damages, which include things such as the cost of medical care to remedy the injury, the cost of lost wages from being unable to return to work, and other financial hardships caused by the act(s) of malpractice. Fortunately, there is no cap on economic damages a victim may receive in Texas, but regardless of your circumstances, it’s always best to proceed with a seasoned legal advocate in your corner.
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