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Meet the California Families Fighting for Injured Patients

California families harmed by medical negligence celebrated an historic win in May 2022 when Governor Newsom signed legislation to update California’s medical malpractice damage cap and restore injured patients’ access to justice for the first time in 47 years.

Proponents of the Fairness for Injured Patients Act, including Scott Olsen whose son Steven’s story is featured below, withdrew the initiative measure that spurred the legislative compromise from the ballot in response.

Read more about the landmark legislative deal.

Click on the images below to explore the stories of injured patients and advocates who are fighting for change.

Click the map to view stories by Senate District

A state law that hasn’t changed since 1975 caps compensation for families harmed by medical negligence. The limits apply to lost quality of life, even if a patient loses a leg, a child, or is disabled for life. Click on the picture of the map to find patients by the State Senate Districts they live in.

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