Medical organizations in New Mexico are urging the state's Court of Appeals to uphold as constitutional a medical-malpractice law that advocates say makes medical-liability insurance affordable for physicians. The court is considering an appeal of a lawsuit that challenges the law's $600,000 damages cap. A lower court's ruling could lead to higher medical-liability premiums because insurers would be unable to determine "how many specific acts of negligence a creative attorney might be able to extract from a course of treatment," according to an amicus brief submitted by the New Mexico Medical Society and other medical groups.

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