Medical Malpractice Attorneys: When Damages Are Inadequate

When a jury verdict in a medical malpractice case does not appear to be supported by the weight of the evidence, a trial court has the discretion to order a new trial. In rare cases, if a medical malpractice award is viewed as excessive, a new trial could be ordered unless there is an agreement among the parties to lower the award amount. The procedure is known as a “remittitur”. Although a remittitur does not benefit plaintiffs, medical malpractice attorneys can increase the award due to their client when an “additur” is ordered. How an Additur Benefits Plaintiffs In some cases, a plaintiff will be awarded a new trial if the damage amount … [Read more...]