In 2003, Texas voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment to allow the Legislature to impose sweeping changes to the medical malpractice law in Texas. The stated purpose was to alleviate a medical malpractice insurance crisis.
The Supreme Court of Missouri issued an opinion rejecting medical malpractice caps, which are limitations on the amount of money that can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Deborah Watts filed a medical malpractice suit alleging that her son, Naython Watts, was born with disabling brain injuries because Cox Medical Centers and its associated physicians provided negligent health care services. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Watts and awarded her on behalf of her son $1.45 million in non-economic damages and $3.371 million in future medical damages. The trial court then reduced the non-economic damages to $350,000 as required by law.