October 17, 2017 Articles

Wisconsin Court Finds Medical Malpractice Damages Cap Unconstitutional

Reducing damages awards only for the most severely injured victims of medical malpractice denies that class of persons equal protection.

By Jason Meehan

On July 5, 2017, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed a Wisconsin circuit court decision finding that Wisconsin’s statutory $750,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice actions is “facially unconstitutional.” Mayo v. Wisconsin Injured Patients & Families Compensation Fund, No. 2014AP2812, 2017 WL 2874614 (Wis. Ct. App. July 5, 2017). The appellate court found that the medical malpractice damages cap established by Wis. Stat. § 893.55 denied equal protection under the law by imposing “unfair and illogical burdens only on catastrophically injured patients.” Mayo, 2017 WL 2874614 (emphasis added).  

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