MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Verona woman has asked the courts to strike down a 34-year-old state law which limits malpractice awards against UW Hospital doctors to a quarter-million dollars each.
A jury recently awarded Terri Fiez $1.8 million, to compensate for the death of her husband Robert. He died three years ago of blood clots in his lungs.
Terri Fiez filed a wrongful death suit against a UW doctor – and the jury awarded more than seven times the amount allowed under a 1979 law designed to protect taxpayers from large malpractice awards.
Other doctors are subject to a $750,000 limit on non-economic damages, with no cap for actual economic losses.
It’s the first time the exception for UW personnel is being challenged. A hearing is set for August 27th in Dane County Circuit Court.
Fiez’ attorney, Eric Farnsworth, says the law means that a widow whose husband died at the UW would be much worse off than at other hospitals when there’s a fatal mistake.
The UW has not commented.