Last week, the North Carolina Senate approved North Carolina Senate Bill 33, a bill which reforms medical malpractice in the Tar Heel state. The main change in the SB33 is a $500,000 cap on “non-economic” damages. The exception to the $500,000 cap will be when an act of gross negligence, fraud, intentional failure, malice, or reckless disregard for the rights of others results in someone’s death, disfigurement, permanent injury, or loss of a body part. (1) The bill will now be sent to Governor Perdue.
From Our Blog on North Carolina Senate Bill 33:
Additional Reading on North Carolina Senate Bill 33:
- NC lawmakers take up slew of bills – WRAL
- Dust settles on crossover as bills head to Gov – WRAL
- Compromise reached on medical malpractice bill – Under The Dome Blog
- NC General Assembly Strips Patients’ Rights, Leaves All North Carolinians at Risk – NCAJ