To counteract these problems we required that cases be heard in the county where the alleged injury occurred, and we changed the law so that defendants could only be forced to pay a full judgment if their fault exceeded 50%. We put a $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages and created rules to prevent baseless cases from getting off of the ground.
Tort reform works. Missouri's medical malpractice claims are now at a 30-year low. Average payouts are about $50,000 below the 2005 average. Malpractice insurers are also turning a profit for the fifth year in a row—allowing other insurers to compete for business in Missouri.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Former Gov. Blunt praises tort reform in Missouri
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt praised the tort reform measures that took effect while he was in office: