ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT DELAYS OPINION ON MED MAL CAPS
Last week the Illinois Supreme Court delayed the release of a long-awaited opinion dealing with the constitutionality of caps on damages in medical malpractice cases. The opinion in LeBron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital will rule on the constitutionality of the Illinois Medical Malpractice Act of 2005, which set limits on the amount of non-economic[i.e. pain and suffering]damages victims of medical malpractice can recover. The Act limits non-economic damages to $500,000 against doctors and $1 million against hospitals. No reason was provided for the delay, and no specific date was set when the ruling would be released.