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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Damage Caps

Just saw this and thought it was worth posting.

The Illinois Supreme Court says limiting damage amounts in medical malpractice cases violates the state's Constitution.

In an opinion filed Thursday, the court says such caps violate the principle of separation of powers. The court says the limits the Illinois General Assembly adopted in 2005 would infringe on the judicial branch's power.

Medical providers quickly warned that the ruling could hurt patients' access to doctors and hospitals because of increased costs.

Source: Illinois Supreme Court strikes down limits on damages in medical malpractice cases - Breaking news - bnd.com

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