In the court’s decision, the court wrote “The statutory cap on wrongful death non economic damages fails because it imposes unfair and illogical burdens on injured parties when an act of medical negligence gives rise to multiple claimants. In such circumstances, medical malpractice claimants do not receive the same rights to full compensation because of arbitrarily diminished compensation for legally cognizable claims.”
The court further pointed out that a “… statutory cap on wrongful death non economic damages does not bear a rational relationship to the stated purpose that the cap is purported to address, the alleged medical malpractice crisis…” Claims by doctors and insurance companies that a medical malpractice crisis was threatening access to medical care was found to be dubious at best. And, between 2003 and 2010, there were four insurance companies that insure doctor that enjoyed an increase in their net income of more than 4,300 percent. It is not injured victims who are hurting doctors, its their own insurance companies who are pocketing records profits, while at the same time publicly blaming the victims of medical malpractice.