Laramie, Wy –
A week long attempt at attempting to solve Wyoming's high cost of medical malpractice insurance begins today. The headliner is a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Legislators are being asked to give two-thirds support to the concept and put in on the ballot for citizens to decide the matter in November. But a bill that proposes other long range options, such as a risk retention group, will also be considered. Buffalo Representative Doug Osborn is hoping that legislation setting a cap on non-economic damages will pass.
Speaker of the house Fred Parady has offered a second version of a caps bill. His would actually set a cap number for citizens to consider and it would allow for awards above the cap when Gross negligence has occurred.