In late March, Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill increasing Indiana’s medical malpractice cap for the first time in nearly 20 years. Previously, Indiana’s laws capped the amount of damages available to medical malpractice victims at only $1.25 million. As some malpractice victims can face nearly $2 million in medical bills alone, this bill is a step in the right direction for patients across Indiana.
Per the new law’s structure, the cap will increase to $1.65 million in 2017, and $1.8 million in 2019. This cap is what’s referred to as an umbrella cap, which means that it limits compensation for both economic damages (costs of long-term disability, compensation for past and future medical care, loss of past earnings, and diminished future earning ability) as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Many states only cap non-economic damages.
To read more about the new bill, read this Indy Star article detailing the bill before its signing. Have you been injured as a result of medical malpractice? Every Indiana medical malpractice lawyer at Christie Farrell Lee & Bell has experience and can help you explore your options.