A Verona resident plans to pose the first challenge to a 1979 state law that sets the ceiling for medical malpractice damages on University of Wisconsin doctors at $250,000.
Saying she finds it difficult to grasp the rationale behind the different treatment of UW doctors from other doctors, 55-year-old Terri Fiez, who was awarded on July 1 with a $1.8-million wrongful death award against a UW doctor but, unfortunately, won’t get the money because of the cap, is challenging the cap at a Dane County court.
Patients who sue other Wisconsin doctors can be eligible for higher awards as the state doesn’t cap medical expenses and sets the ceiling for pain and suffering damages at $750,000.
The challenge to the 1979 state law is the result from a wrongful death case of Fiez’s 61-year-old husband, who died four days after being sent home by a UW doctor without testing for a lung clot in 2010.
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