In past posts, I’ve written about the absurdly low cap on non-economic damages in Maryland personal injury cases; I’m talking about the low cap for, among other things, physical pain, grief, and the loss of the enjoyment of life.
I have urged state lawmakers to eliminate the cap–and thereby bring Maryland in line with all of its neighbors.
Well, there has been movement. It appears state lawmakers may make a change in the damages cap–but, not for us humans, for our pets.
There is a bill in the Senate that “increases, from $10,000 to $25,000, the maximum amount of compensatory damages that may be awarded to the owner of a pet from a person who tortiously causes an injury to or the death of the pet under specified circumstances.”
Now, I don’t want to dismiss the bill, because (1) it relates to pets, not humans, or (2) most pet lovers would consider a $25,000 cap to be too low. The bill represents a modest improvement on existing law, which may help some pet owners to find justice.
I do want to, however, ask: why stop with pets? Why not move on to reform the cap on non-economic damages?
Go ahead and ask your state senator this very question.