Texas Tort Reform Trial lawyers in Texas are fighting a different kind of legal battle, opposing legislative efforts to cap awards in medical malpractice cases. Though some research indicates otherwise, doctors insists limits on awards keep health insurance rates down. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports.
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Doctors, Lawyers Tussle over Texas Malpractice Caps

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Doctors, Lawyers Tussle over Texas Malpractice Caps

Doctors, Lawyers Tussle over Texas Malpractice Caps

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NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports the fight is on in Texas over legislation to limit medical malpractice lawsuit awards, with doctors on one side and lawyers on the other. Lawyers oppose the malpractice caps, saying they'll make serious medical mistakes affordable for doctors. That claim outrages physicians, who say without the limits on lawsuits, insurance rates skyrocket and doctors go out of business. Research finds interest rates affect insurance premiums, not big jury awards.