|Former Cowboy Springs among those listed on lawsuit challenging limit on malpractice awards|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 25 February 2008 13:48|
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall, challenges the 2003 Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform Act that limits awards in Texas. The lawsuit asks the court to declare the cap unconstitutional.
The law limits awards for pain and suffering at $250,000 for doctors, $250,000 for hospitals, and $250,000 for nursing homes and other institutions for a maximum of $750,000 per claimant.
The plaintiffs are asking for class action status.
In January, Springs' wife filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against two doctors she says caused brain damage to her husband during a routine surgery to remove a cyst.
Springs, who suffered from Type 2 diabetes, had received a kidney from former Cowboys teammate Everson Walls last February. Les Weisbrod, Springs' attorney in the medical malpractice lawsuit, has said the coma had nothing to do with the kidney transplant.