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.
Suzan was a registered nurse working at a small hospital in Fresno. After a violent altercation with a patient going through drug withdrawals, she suffered a cervical spinal cord injury.
She underwent a seemingly successful corrective surgery, but began experiencing difficulty breathing afterwards. She later learned that she had a hemorrhage in her lungs as a result of mistakes made during the surgery.
This outdated compensation cap prevents her from holding the doctor accountable. She now runs an online support group for the victims of medical malpractice.
Californians will have the chance to vote on the Fairness for Injured Patients Act on the November 2022 ballot. The Fairness Act would update California’s medical malpractice damage cap for nearly 50 years of inflation, and allow judges and juries to decide fair compensation in cases involving catastrophic injury or death. Learn more about this campaign for patient safety.
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