Georgia law requires that medical malpractice damages be just and reasonable in light of the evidence. However, there is no monetary amount that defines just and reasonable. A defendant should be prepared to pay for all of the plaintiff’s past, current and future economic losses that are related to his injuries. For example, past and future medical bills and loss of income are recoverable in medical malpractice damage awards. Plaintiffs are also entitled to noneconomic damages for things such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment. Noneconomic damages are limited to $350,000 against physicians, $350,000 against individual health care facilities and $700,000 against multiple health care facilities. The total amount of noneconomic damages may not exceed $1.05 million dollars. Punitive damages are also permitted.
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