Are there caps on economic damages for medical malpractice cases in Texas?

Asked 12 months ago - Houston, TX

Are there caps on economic damages for medical malpractice cases in Texas? Or are the caps only for noneconomic?

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  1. Kenneth Bruce Fenelon

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    Answered . Yes. Specifically:

    (a) In an action on a health care liability claim where final judgment is rendered against a physician or health care provider other than a health care institution, the limit of civil liability for noneconomic damages of the physician or health care provider other than a health care institution, inclusive of all persons and entities for which vicarious liability theories may apply, shall be limited to an amount not to exceed $250,000 for each claimant, regardless of the number of defendant physicians or health care providers other than a health care institution against whom the claim is asserted or the number of separate causes of action on which the claim is based.
    (b) In an action on a health care liability claim where final judgment is rendered against a single health care institution, the limit of civil liability for noneconomic damages inclusive of all persons and entities for which vicarious liability theories may apply, shall be limited to an amount not to exceed $250,000 for each claimant.
    (c) In an action on a health care liability claim where final judgment is rendered against more than one health care institution, the limit of civil liability for noneconomic damages for each health care institution, inclusive of all persons and entities for which vicarious liability theories may apply, shall be limited to an amount not to exceed $250,000 for each claimant and the limit of civil liability for noneconomic damages for all health care institutions, inclusive of all persons and entities for which vicarious liability theories may apply, shall be limited to an amount not to exceed $500,000 for each claimant.

    Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. ยง 74.301

  2. James E. Girards

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    Answered . There are no caps on economic damages in Texas. There is a related constitutional provision among other things. It is the non-economic damages that are capped.

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  3. Marc Edward Stewart

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    Answered . There are caps on NON-economic damages such as pain, anguish, disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of consortium, and the like. There are no specific caps on ECONOMIC damages, such as lost wages or medical expenses. However, there are definitely ways that economic damages can be minimized by the Texas tort reform laws. For example, a plaintiff may only recover medical expenses that were actually paid by the plaintiff or his/her insurance carrier (you may not seek to recover the total medical charges that were BILLED to you or your healthcare company...many times that number is very different). Also, economic damages involving medical expenses are often eroded by medical liens after a settlement occurs (the healthcare insurance company comes in and wants their money back from the plaintiff's recovery). Also, calculating a plaintiff's lost wages can be very challenging if the plaintiff owns their own business.

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  4. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . On the amount of pain and suffering.

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  5. Brian Heath Crockett

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    Answered . Yes there are caps on both.

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  6. David Ian Schoen

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    Answered . I believe the cap is on pain and suffering.

  7. Marian S. Rosen

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    Answered . There are caps on non=economic damages.
    The caps do not apply to economic damages

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  8. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Yes. It's a travesty of justice. Contact your local congressman.

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