Show-Me Tort Reform

Medical Malpractice Reform: The Key to Healthy Missouri Families and Access to Care



Bills of Interest:

House Bill 118: Establishes a statutory cause of action replacing the common law action for damages against a health care provider for personal injury arising out of the rendering of or failure to render health services. Status: Read for second time

Senate Bill 239: Creates a statutory cause of action for damages against health care providers

House Joint Resolution 22: Proposes a constitutional amendment limiting the liability for noneconomic damages and authorizes the General Assembly to adjust the amount as necessary by law. Status: Read for second time.

Senate Joint Resolution 7: This proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by the qualified voters of this state, provides that the right to the determination of punitive damages by a jury shall remain inviolate, except that no award for punitive damages shall be greater than five hundred thousand dollars or five times the net amount of the judgment awarded to the plaintiff against the defendant. Such limitations may be reduced by law, and shall not apply if the defendant pleads guilty to or is convicted of a felony arising out of the acts or omissions pled by the plaintiff. Status: Read for first time.