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UPDATED: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill May 23.


Californians will be able to get higher compensation from medical injury cases in the first increase since 1975 under a new bill fast-tracked by the legislature and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom May 23.

The state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 1975, capped compensation for non-economic losses in medical injury cases at $250,000. In today’s money, the cap would be $1.3 million. 

“This year, the stakeholders representing patients and the medical community were determined to provide a balanced and equitable solution. They have succeeded. The result is AB 35,

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