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Q
What is Tort, and What is the Cap for Tort Damages in NC?

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First and foremost, in order to understand the role a medical malpractice plays in tort law, you must know the definition of tort. Tort is defined by Medical Malpractice Tort Reform "as a civil wrong which causes an injury, for which a victim may seek damages, typically in the form of money damages, against the alleged wrongdoer." This means tort occurs when non-economic damages have taken place on someone during surgery, an examination, etc.

A few examples of tort:

  • having the wrong body part removed during surgery (which has happened) or
  • having a doctor's surgical tool left inside of your body after surgery (which has also happened).

Currently, the cap for tort compensation in North Carolina is $500,000.