Governor Pushes Limit On Lawsuits

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:05 AM
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Governor Taft and Senate Republicans are pushing a bill that would limit how much money juries can award people injured in accidents. The bill would limit pain-and-suffering awards to 500-thousand dollars for less serious injuries and up to one million dollars for catastrophic injuries such as the loss of a limb. The legislation does not put limits on awards for economic loss, such as lost wages and medical expenses. Taft says the caps will create a predictable and fair system that rewards victims their due without driving companies into bankruptcy. The proposal is opposed by trial lawyers who say it interferes with the jury system.

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