State legislatures are pushing to cap awards for non-economic damages (pain and suffering). So, if the CEO of a major firm is injured by medical negligence and the cap is $250,000 for pain and suffering, he still can receive his lost wages. If he made a million dollars a year and is now disabled but would have worked another twenty years, he can receive twenty million plus $250K. A newborn injured by a negligent obstetrician has no lost income. That child will get $250K for the pain and suffering he will have for the rest of his life.
If these caps are put in place, you’d better have a good-paying job. That means you, too, all you hard-working stay-at-home moms if a doctor causes you injury.