Mississippi Lawsuit Reform: Supporters and Opponents Still Debate Results

The Mississippi newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger, recently reviewed the 2004 tort reform package passed in Mississippi.  Tort reform is the phrase used to limit certain aspects of personal injury cases:

First, the law placed caps on damages in litigation, that is, the law limited noneconomic, or pain-and-suffering damages to $500,000 on medical liability cases and $1 million in other civil cases, including car accidents. It also reduced caps on punitive damages awarded against defendants.

Second, the law removed joint and several liability, limiting damages defendants could face to the fraction for which they were at fault.  This is often called comparative fault and is the law in most states, including Alaska.

Third, 2004 tort reform law in Mississippi created stricter rules for establishing venue, that is, where a case can be brought and tried. Doctors, for example, can only be sued in their home county.

Fourth, the law added protection to “innocent sellers” of products and protects property owners from liability.

Some believe the law provided stability for doctors and businesses, while other believe law limited citizens’ constitutional rights, including the right to have a jury of their peers decide the severity of the harm caused by the defendant.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney.  Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free consultation.  You can also visit our Personal Injury page, Frequently Asked Questions page, and Blog page for more information.

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