2016 Arkansas Code
Title 16 - Practice, Procedure, and Courts
Subtitle 7 - Particular Proceedings and Remedies
Chapter 114 - Malpractice Actions
Subchapter 2 - -- Actions for Medical Injury
§ 16-114-208. Damage awards -- Periodic payment of future damages

AR Code ยง 16-114-208 (2016) What's This?

(a) (1) (A) The damages awarded may include compensation for actual economic losses recognized by law suffered by the injured person by reason of medical injury, including, but not limited to, the cost of reasonable and necessary medical services, rehabilitation services, custodial care, loss of services, and loss of earnings or earning capacity.

(B) Any evidence of damages for the cost of any necessary medical care, treatment, or services received shall include only those costs actually paid by or on behalf of the plaintiff or which remain unpaid and for which the plaintiff or any third party shall be legally responsible.

(2) The damages awarded may include compensation for pain and suffering and other noneconomic loss recognized by law.

(b) In the event of a verdict for the plaintiff, the finder of fact shall separately state its awards for both past and future economic losses and for both past and future noneconomic losses.

(c) (1) In the event of a judgment for the plaintiff, if the award for future damages exceeds one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), the court, at the request of either party, shall order that the future damages of the injured person exceeding one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) be paid, in whole or in part, by periodic payments as determined by the court, rather than by lump-sum payment, on such terms and conditions as the court deems just and equitable in order to protect the plaintiff's rights to future payments.

(2) As a condition to authorizing periodic payments of future damages, the court may order a judgment debtor who is not adequately insured to post security adequate to assure full payment of such damages.

(3) In the event of the death of the injured person prior to completion of installment payments of principal and interest upon motion of any party in interest, the court shall modify the order by deducting from the remaining balance the amount representing unpaid compensation for future pain and suffering and future expenses of care and by ordering the remainder to be paid into and become a part of the estate of the decedent.

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