Inflation Adjustments for Legal Proceedings

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Revenue and Fiscal affairs calculates inflation adjusments required by statute for medical malpractice damages, punitive damages, and property exemptions for bankruptcy proceedings. these calculations are published in the State Register and can be found at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/state_register.php. They are also provided below for convenience after publication in the register.

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Noneconomic Damage Limitation (Medical Malpractice)
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Pursuant to Section 15-32-220(F) the limit on civil liability for noneconomic damages on a medical malpractice claim is adjusted each year based on inflation. The letters below provide the annual adjustments provided for publication in the State Register.

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Punitive Damage Limitation
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Pursuant to Section 15-32-530(D), the limit on punitive damage awards is adjusted annually based upon inflation.

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Bankruptcy Limitation
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Pursuant to Section 15-41-30(B), the property exemption amounts for bankruptcy proceedings must be adjusted for inflation in each even-numbered year.