Capping Non-Economic Awards in Medical Malpractice Trials: California Jury Verdicts Under MICRA

This monograph presents the results of an empirical study of the effects of Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) on plaintiffs' recoveries and on the liabilities of defendants in medical malpractice cases. It addresses a number of questions: How have MICRA's caps on non-economic damages affected the final judgments in California jury trials? What types of cases and claims are most likely to have an award cap imposed following trial? This monograph should be of particular interest to policymakers considering changes to the existing rules controlling medical malpractice litigation and compensation and to a wider audience outside the policymaking community.

Provided by: RAND Topic: Software Date Added: Jul 2004 Format: PDF

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