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Health University Settles Six Medical Malpractice Cases

A federal judge announced that Oregon Health and Science University has settled six medical malpractice suits. The settlements average more than $6 million, totaling $38.5 million, each which is well above a statewide liability cap recommended to state lawmakers. The University and the state’s trial lawyers agreed earlier this month to a $2 million cap on medical malpractice suits. The judge who presided over the settlements included $9.3 million to the family of a boy who suffered permanent brain damage because of a mistake made at the university. The $200,000 liability cap that had protected the hospital from paying out large claims was lifted as a result of the family lawsuit. This case exemplifies that legislative determined damages caps are unable to address the individual needs of victims. To read the full story, click here.