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Medical tort reform would cap 'pain and suffering' damages at $350,000

The Columbia Missourian, March 6, 2014

The Missouri House of Representatives passed medical tort reform Wednesday that would cap "pain and suffering" damages recovered in court at $350,000. The vote was 94-61. Medical tort reform is an important issue to medical professionals, who aren't always successful in providing services, said Ravi Johar, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mercy Clinic Women's Health in Hazelwood near St. Louis. He also disagreed with legal pain and suffering claims because the jury can sometimes be swayed by emotion. Medical liability insurance is used to compensate doctors who are sued for malpractice and maloccurrence.