Why the Missouri Medical Malpractice Cap was Overturned

Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC || 22-Jan-2013

In 2005, Governor Matt Blunt implemented tort reform that placed a $350,000 cap on medical malpractice claims in Missouri. Although the cap was probably intended to keep angry patients from filing frivolous medical malpractice claims, the legislation proved detrimental to many personal injury lawyers. Even though the cap was overturned by the Missouri Supreme Court in August, 2012, the decrease in medical malpractice insurance claims took its toll on many personal injury attorneys.

Sadly, the tort reform forced many plaintiffs' personal injury attorneys to stop working because they couldn't afford to litigate cases that wouldn't payout. Medical malpractice cases can be extremely expensive and require a great deal of work. Fortunately, Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC wasn't defeated by the 2005 legislation. Today, we continue to serve victims of medical malpractice and other personal injury accidents in St. Louis and the surrounding areas.

According to former Gov. Blunt, the cap was designed to strengthen the overall integrity of the health care industry. Instead, it actually limited jury power during medical malpractice lawsuits by keeping valuable cases from yielding the compensation victims actually deserved. Additionally, the cap was never adjusted to keep up with inflation. Because of this, many lawyers stopped taking malpractice cases because the $350,000 payout wasn't enough to fund the case and their time.

At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC, we believe that victims of medical malpractice have the right to high-quality representation during a claim or lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a negligent doctor or other member of the medical profession, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Since the tort reform from 2005 was overturned, our lawyers can help you pursue the money you deserve. Contact us to see what a St. Louis personal injury attorney can do for you!

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