TO REFORM THE LAWS RELATING TO MEDICAL LIABILITY BY PROVIDING LIMITED PROTECTION FROM LIABILITY TO THOSE PROVIDING EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE, BY AUTHORIZING THE BIFURCATION OF TRIALS ON ISSUES OF LIABILITY AND DAMAGES IN CERTAIN ACTIONS, BY LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF NONECONOMIC DAMAGES THAT MAY BE AWARDED, BY AUTHORIZING THE PERIODIC PAYMENT OF FUTURE ECONOMIC DAMAGES IN LIEU OF A LUMP-SUM PAYMENT, AND BY MODIFYING APPEAL BONDS IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ACTIONS.
This act is effective October 1, 2011.
Senate amendment makes the following changes to 2nd edition. Amends proposed GS 90-21.19 (liability limit for noneconomic damages) to require the Administrative Office of the Courts to reset the limitation on damages for noneconomic loss on January 1 of every third year, beginning with January 1, 2014, so that the limitation is equal to $500,000 times the ratio of the consumer price index for November of the prior year to the Consumer Price Index for November 2011. Defines consumer price index.
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