Articles Posted in Medical Malpractice

By :Douglas A. Petho

Most people don’t look for a lawyer until they need a lawyer. Unexpected events such as automobile accidents, on-the-job accidents or other injuries lead many people to seek out the best attorney they can find to represent them. Although there is no shortage of attorneys, figuring out who to hire can be a challenge. Television advertisements and junk mail solicitations are certainly one way to decide. A better method would be to evaluate the qualifications of the attorney you are considering before signing any paperwork.

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By :Douglas A. Petho

North Carolina Gen. Statute 90-21.19, effective October 1, 2011 and applying to causes of action arising after that date, limits “noneconomic damages” in medical malpractice cases to $500,000. The statute further provides that neither the attorneys nor any party or witness shall inform the jury or potential members of the jury panel of the limits.

Section 90 – 21.19B directs that in any malpractice action, any verdict or damage award of damages, shall indicate specifically what amount, if any, is awarded for non-economic damages.