MD considers separate fund to pay malpractice judgments

Maryland lawmakers may set up a no-fault birth injury fund for plaintiffs to pursue compensation instead of pricey malpractice judgments, the Frederick News-Post reports. Although the state caps malpractice judgments related to bodily injury at $740,000 and raises it $15,000 annually, there is no limit on wrongful death claims. Several hospitals faced eight-figure jury verdicts over the last few months. The malpractice verdicts are a particular hardship for self-insured facilities. Lawmakers plan to fund the no-fault  account through surcharges on hospitals and obstetricians. Article

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