North Carolina medical malpractice defendants who are found to have committed medical malpractice that resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries are potentially liable for all of the plaintiff’s economic losses such as medical bills, loss of income and the money the plaintiff had to spend on domestic help. Similarly, noneconomic losses for things such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium are not limited by state law. Punitive damages are, however, limited by state law. Juries can only award punitive damages in the amount of $250,000 or three times the amount of the economic damages, whichever is greater.
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