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Senate Republicans to introduce laws detrimental to nursing home residents

In the coming weeks, Republicans in the senate plan to introduce legislation capping the total amount of non-economic damages recoverable in a medical malpractice suit at $750,000, and capping the non-economic damages for individual health care providers at $250,000.

This would have a detrimental affect on the ability of mistreated nursing home patients and their families to receive compensation for maltreatment, as it is often costly to bring these suits and capping the damages would deter attorneys from taking these cases.

Given the lack of state imposed penalties and the rare criminal prosecutions for abuse in nursing home care, the civil justice system is one of the only ways families and patients can vindicate the abuses suffered from neglect at nursing homes.

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