Bill to Increase Lawsuit Awards Advances in Legislature

By a slim margin, Nevada lawmakers have advanced a plan that would allow for bigger lawsuit awards as a result of gross negligence by doctors.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee endorsed the plan on an 8-6 vote. The bill now goes to the Assembly floor. AB495 would remove the lawsuit award cap of $350,000 for gross negligence, and would increase the amount of time patients have to file a lawsuit.

The bill was brought as a result of a hepatitis C outbreak in Las Vegas that led to the largest patient notification in U.S. history. More than 50,000 patients at two now-closed outpatient clinics were notified last year that they may have been exposed to bloodborne diseases by shoddy injection practices.

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