Cook County Judge Diane Larsen has ruled Illinois’ law limiting jury awards for medical malpractice cases unconstitutional. The law imposed a cap on non-economic damages (pain and suffering and disfigurement) of $500,000 against doctors and $1,000,000 million against hospitals.
The ruling was made in Estate of Lebron Abigaile, et. al., v. Roberto Levi Dancona, M.D., et. al., Cook County Case No. 2006 L 012109. The case will now most likely go up on appeal directly to the Illinois Supreme Court.