Today the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a law that caps damages for pain and suffering for people seeking compensation in personal injury lawsuits.
The cap was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin in 2011. It limits non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits to $350,000.
The law applies to those in situations such as on-the-job injuries.
The decision involved a lawsuit by an oilfield worker whose left arm was amputated after an accident.
A jury awarded the worker six million dollars for pain and suffering, but that was reduced to $700,000 by the cap.
The states highest court ruled such a statute is unconstitutional and treats people who survive injuries different than those who don’t.