Medical malpractice measure to be on Nov. 4 ballot

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - An initiative seeking an increase in the amount of money that victims can recover in medical negligence lawsuits has qualified for the November ballot.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified Thursday that the measure had received enough signatures to be placed on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

The measure would require drug and alcohol testing for doctors as well as increase the cap on pain and suffering damages that medical malpractice plaintiffs can receive, which is currently set at $250,000. The cap would be raised to about $1.1 million to account for inflation.

An increase in the cap has been sought by medical negligence victims’ advocates for decades.

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