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Medical Malpractice Attorneys Support "38 Is Too Late" Campaign

The Law Offices of Robert Vaage join victims of medical malpractice in calling for changes to California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). The statute, passed in 1975, caps noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000.

This means that when a person dies as a result of medical negligence, California law says his or her life is worth a maximum of $250,000 in general damages. To make matters worse, the cap has not been adjusted for inflation for more than 35 years. So while the price of everything else has increased, the value of Californians injured by medical negligence has been the same. The current buying power of $250,000 in 1975 dollars equals approximately $70,000 in 2013 dollars.

Efforts are currently underway in California to amend the law. California’s Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg has pledged to hold hearings. In addition, consumer advocates are also seeking a ballot initiative to change the cap and enact additional patient safety protections.