Arkansas Medical Malpractice Laws

Punitive damages limited to $250,000 or three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded, whichever is greater, but not more than $1 million. The statute of limitations is two year from the date of the injury (for foreign objects: one year from the date of discovery if not reasonably discovered within the two years; for minors: until age 11 if under age 9, unless the injury was not discovered before age 11, in which case the statute of limitations is two years after discovery of the injury or attaining age19, whichever is earlier). Several liability but no joint liability. No limitation on attorney fees. No required pre-trial alternative dispute resolution or screening panels. No affidavit or certificate of merit required.

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