Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Limits On Damages In Lawsuits

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, October 5, 2012

The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a state law imposing a $250,000 cap on damages that can be awarded for pain and suffering in personal injury lawsuits.

The court ruled Friday against Eudora resident Amy Miller, who challenged the 1988 law imposing the cap on non-economic damages. Miller sued her doctor for removing the wrong ovary from her during surgery in 2002.

Business and medical groups had urged the court to uphold the law, saying it keeps insurance premiums affordable. Miller's attorneys had argued that the cap violated the Kansas Constitution's guarantees of a right to trial by jury.

The court said setting limits is a policy issue for the Legislature to settle.

A Douglas County jury awarded Miller nearly $760,000 in damages in 2006, but the award was reduced.

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