After winning a recent lawsuit challenging the state’s noneconomic damages cap, Missouri doctors continue to fight another battle threatening to overturn the recovery limit.
The Supreme Court of Missouri ruled April 3 in Sanders v. Ahmed that the state’s noneconomic damages cap for medical liability cases was constitutional. The cap, adopted in 1986, impacts cases in which the alleged negligence happened before 2005. The limit was enacted at $350,000 but is now at more than $600,000 due to inflation.
The second suit, which the state high court has yet to decide, centers on Missouri’s latest $350,000 award limit. The cap impacts all medical liability lawsuits starting in 2005. A decision in the case,Watts v. Cox, is expected by the summer, said attorneys involved in the case.