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California raises caps on medical malpractice lawsuit awards

By ADAM BEAM
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature has voted to increase how much money people can win in medical malpractice lawsuits. Since 1975 the most money a person in California could win for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice lawsuit was $250,000. Starting Jan. 1, that limit will increase to $350,000 for people who were injured and $500,000 for the families of people who died. The limits will increase gradually over the next decade until they reach $750,000 for injured patients and $1 million for the families of deceased patients. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he will sign the bill into law.

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