Committee discusses capping nursing home damages

Committee discusses capping nursing home damages


NASHVILLE (AP) -- A special legislative committee is studying the effects of litigation on the nursing home industry.

The committee held its first meeting Wednesday.

The main issue is whether caps should be placed on damages for lawsuits against nursing homes.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has made malpractice caps for nursing homes part of his legislative agenda for the year.

The Blountville Republican says limiting damages is necessary because he believes the industry is being targeted by lawyers.

But Daniel Clayton, president of the Tennessee Association of Justice, says the focus should be on improvement of care rather than capping damages.

He says lawsuits in general will decrease if nursing home residents receive quality care.

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