What is the potential liability in a medical malpractice case in Mississippi?

As in other states, medical malpractice defendants are potentially liable for all of the actual expenses and economic damages sustained by the plaintiff as a result of the defendant’s medical malpractice. So, for example, all medical bills and loss of income may be recovered by the defendant. Mississippi law also allows plaintiffs to recover for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. However, non-economic damages may not exceed $500,000. Punitive damages are only allowed if the plaintiff proves willful malice or gross negligence. If the plaintiff is able to prove willful malice or gross negligence then the judge may award punitive damages based on the defendant’s net worth.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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