A Senate committee this week continued a fierce debate on the merits of a medical-malpractice bill that would cap noneconomic damages and make it harder to bring a claim against emergency room health-care providers.
Members of the Judiciary I committee added more than a dozen proposed amendments to the bill, S. 33. Among them were:
The N.C. Advocates for Justice, a plaintiffs’ lawyers group, has launched a series of TV ads to fight the bill. Supporters released a list of groups that back the bill, ranging from local chambers of commerce to construction industry leaders to Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Meanwhile, a bill was introduced in the House that is expected to be more to the liking of the NCAJ. The bill would allow plaintiff’s counsel to present evidence of or make inquiries regarding the existence of liability insurance coverage held by any defendant.
– By SYLVIA ADCOCK, Staff Writer