Is There a Limitation on How Much Money You Can Receive for Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | May 21st, 2020

There are few things more devastating than finding out that you or someone you love suffered because of a healthcare provider’s negligence. Whether it was your doctor, surgeon, or other medical professional, you expect them to give you the highest-quality care throughout your treatment. But that doesn’t always happen, and it can put innocent people at risk of developing serious and even potentially fatal complications.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers help innocent victims get compensation for medical malpractice claims. One of the most common questions we’re asked by current and potential clients is whether there’s a cap on damages for these types of claims. The answer is YES—Virginia law caps the amount of money victims can receive when negligent healthcare providers cause them to suffer injuries or illnesses.

Compensation caps were instituted beginning August 1, 1999. Medical malpractice that occurred between that date and June 30, 2000, are capped at $1.5 million. That amount increases by around $500,000 every year. On July 1, 2020, it will increase to $2.45 million from a cap of $2.4 million established on July 1, 2019. Keep in mind that those caps are for when the malpractice occurred—not when the claim settles.

Have additional questions or concerns about a potential medical malpractice claim? Our law firm is to here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. We know medical malpractice claims, and we know what it takes to win.