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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 04:03 AM

Oregon House OKs bill removing cap on noneconomic injury damages

SALEM — Oregon would no longer cap damages awarded for so-called “pain and suffering” resulting from bodily injury under a bill approved by the state House.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the measure passed 36-22 on Monday and now moves to the Senate.

The measure would remove a $500,000 limit on noneconomic damages that was put in place by a 2016 Oregon Supreme Court ruling. Noneconomic damages are defined in the bill as “subjective, nonmonetary losses” and could include emotional distress, humiliation and injury to a person’s reputation.

They differ from economic damages, which are usually awarded to cover the cost of medical care, lost wages and damage to property.

Read more: https://www.registerguard.com/news/20190326/oregon-house-oks-bill-removing-cap-on-noneconomic-injury-damages

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