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Tort reform didn't apply to bus crash injuries

November 3rd, 2012 10:02 pm by Becky Campbell

In 2011, Tennessee lawmakers revamped tort law — or in layman’s terms, laws that apply when a company or person causes intentional or negligent harm to another person — but not in a good way, according to attorneys who handle personal injury cases.

The primary changes enacted are caps on noneconomic — pain and suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, mental anguish and the like — and punitive damages a person can recover if they are injured by a person or company.

Exceptions to the punitive damage cap include intentional injury, intentional concealment or destruction of evidence of the defendant’s liability, or if the defendant was intoxicated when they inflicted the injury.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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