State Considers Legislation to Cap Awards for Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits

The Governor of one state is pushing new legislation that he said will make the state more business-friendly. But opponents of the bill feel it will end up costing taxpayers in the end. The governor wants to put a $750,000 cap in legal fees where a victim is compensated for severe pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish. He also wants $500,000 cap on punitive damage cases.

Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson said the legislation is unnecessary and that a jury should decide how much is awarded and not state government. Thompson, a Republican, told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Wednesday that the proposal is "extremely far-reaching."

Family members of victims of medical negligence spoke against the bill at a press conference. The proposed legislation would also put limits on nursing home abuse lawsuits for the state. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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