Roanoke Medical Malpractice Attorney Discusses Caps on Damages

by Staff Blogger | March 5th, 2015

When a person is injured or killed as the result a doctor or medical professional’s mistake, the victim or their family may have a right to seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. But that compensation can come with limits. Mark Skolrood, the Roanoke medical malpractice attorney who founded Skolrood Law firm, reminds victims of medical negligence that certain laws govern the amount in damages that can be recovered through civil action.

Virginia legal code outlines the annual increase in our state’s medical malpractice cap. This cap places a limit on the amount of compensation that can be paid on medical malpractice claims. Each year, the amount slightly increases.

Victims of medical errors that occurred between Aug. 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000 may be entitled to receive a maximum of $1.5 million. That amount increases annually by around $50,000 until July 1, 2031. Any claim related to an incident after that date will be capped at $3 million.

If a medical error occurred before the dates outlined in the statute, the amount the victim can receive cannot be greater than any limit in place when the act of negligence occurred.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are aware of how complicated medical malpractice cap laws can be. If you have questions about your legal rights, we’re here to help. Contact us anytime.