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We provide insights and analysis for physicians, nurses, chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists and other health professionals on issues impacting their practices.

Physician Law Blog
March 10, 2021

The Missouri Supreme Court Upholds a Jury’s Award of Punitive Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case but Issues a Strong Warning to Future Litigants

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the Missouri Supreme Court in Rhoden v. Missouri Delta Medical Center upheld a Scott County jury’s award of $300,000 in punitive damages.  The Court held that the facts in the record met the Plaintiff’s burden of proving “defendant[s] showed a complete indifference to or conscious disregard for the safety of others.”

Physician Law Blog
June 20, 2018

The Ever-Changing Caps on Non-Economic Damages for Medical Malpractice Cases in Missouri

From the inception of an initial pleading until the final word of closing arguments, attorneys constantly assess, reassess, and re-reassess the “value” of their case based on each new piece of information that is introduced. While the term “value” can have any number of meanings (final ownership of a patent, full custody of a child, etc.), attorneys on both sides of a medical malpractice case assess value based on monetary damages.