The State of Michigan Department of Treasury has set the updated limitations on noneconomic damages for claims alleging medical malpractice. The “upper cap” was adjusted to $887,500 (an increase of $36,500 compared to 2021). The “lower cap” was adjusted to a limitation of $497,000 (an increase of $20,400 compared to 2021).
The limits are adjusted annual, and just to give you an idea of where we started, in 1995, the lower limit for medical malpractice cases was only $228,825, and the upper limit was $515,759.
What Are Non-Economic Damages?
Typical non-economic damages can include pain and suffering, emotional anguish, damage to a person’s reputation, the loss of enjoyment of activities, or the worsening of prior injuries. In addition, a victim’s spouse may be able to recover a non-economic damage known as loss of consortium.
Michigan statutes define “non-economic loss” as “damages or loss due to pain, suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, or physical disfigurement, loss of society and companionship, … loss of consortium, or other noneconomic loss.” The two caps on non-economic damages are called the “upper cap” and the “lower cap.” The upper cap applies only if the claimed medical malpractice results in one or more of the following situations:
In a medical malpractice claim, the total amount of damages for noneconomic loss recoverable by all plaintiffs, resulting from the negligence of all defendants, can’t exceed the lower limit unless, as the result of the negligence of one or more of the defendants, one or more of the following exceptions applies as determined by the court. In those cases, damages for noneconomic loss can’t exceed the upper limit. These are situations when:
In all other cases, the lower cap applies to all other medical malpractice cases.
If you’ve been seriously injured as a result of a doctor or healthcare facility’s mistake, you need to understand the types of recoverable damages in a medical malpractice action—as well as the cap on noneconomic damages in Michigan.
For a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Michigan, contact Buchanan Firm. We can discuss your situation if you believe you’ve been injured as the result of a physician or healthcare facility error.
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