Punitive Damages Against Physicians in the Healthcare Reform Era/AAOS Now

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This article focuses on the use of punitive damages in litigation, recent limits to punitive damages imposed by Supreme Court rulings, and the effects of tort reform on curtailing punitive damages. Tort reform at the state level has led to greater restrictions on punitive damages, authors Eric Neiman and David Ryan explain, noting that a study conducted by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that, “since 1986, a total of thirty-four states (have) enacted at least one form of statutory restriction on the recovery of punitive damages.”

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