Discussion will resume next week on House Bill 542, a sweeping tort reform bill that covers product liability, medical malpractice, and even attorneys fees.
In Thursday’s committee hearing, Dick Taylor of the NC Advocates for Justice said the bill as written “favors perpetrators of harm to others, at the expense of innocent North Carolinians.”
The President of the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP) explained to lawmakers that emergency doctors, making split-second decisions, need tort reform and better protection from malpractice suits.
AARP‘s Bill Wilson said capping non-economic damages at $250,000 would simply prevent those injured by medical errors from receiving fair compensation. Wilson noted the bill would also prevent adults who are retired or disabled from receiving economic damages beyond just the medical costs.
But Janet Ward Black, a liability attorney from Greensboro, told legislators the bill before them would effectively protect wrongdoing, making it very difficult for North Carolina citizens who had been injured to seek compensation from manufacturers or corporations.
To hear the full exchange, click below: