2022 Nebraska Revised Statutes
Chapter 44 - Insurance
44-2825 - Action for injury or death; maximum amount recoverable; settlement; manner.
44-2825. Action for injury or death; maximum amount recoverable; settlement; manner.
(1) The total amount recoverable under the Nebraska Hospital-Medical Liability Act from any and all health care providers and the Excess Liability Fund for any occurrence resulting in any injury or death of a patient may not exceed (a) five hundred thousand dollars for any occurrence on or before December 31, 1984, (b) one million dollars for any occurrence after December 31, 1984, and on or before December 31, 1992, (c) one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars for any occurrence after December 31, 1992, and on or before December 31, 2003, (d) one million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars for any occurrence after December 31, 2003, and on or before December 31, 2014, and (e) two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars for any occurrence after December 31, 2014.
(2) A health care provider qualified under the act shall not be liable to any patient or his or her representative who is covered by the act for an amount in excess of five hundred thousand dollars for all claims or causes of action arising from any occurrence during the period that the act is effective with reference to such patient.
(3) Subject to the overall limits from all sources as provided in subsection (1) of this section, any amount due from a judgment or settlement which is in excess of the total liability of all liable health care providers shall be paid from the Excess Liability Fund pursuant to sections 44-2831 to 44-2833.
- Laws 1976, LB 434, § 25;
- Laws 1984, LB 692, § 8;
- Laws 1986, LB 1005, § 2;
- Laws 1992, LB 1006, § 18;
- Laws 2003, LB 146, § 1;
- Laws 2004, LB 998, § 2;
- Laws 2014, LB961, § 3.
The cap on damages in subsection (1) of this section does not violate principles of special legislation, equal protection, the open courts provision, the right to a remedy, the right to a jury trial, the taking of property, and the separation of powers. Gourley v. Nebraska Methodist Health Sys., 265 Neb. 918, 663 N.W.2d 43 (2003).