Is there a cap or limit to the amount of monetary damages that an injured patient can recover ina medical malpractice case filed in Virginia or the District of Columbia?

The District of Columbia does not have a law that limits or caps the amount of monetary damages that an injured patient can receive in a medical malpractice case.  Virginia, however, does have a law that limits the amount of monetary damages that a person can recover in a medical malpractice case.  Virginia law places a limit or cap on the total amount of compensatory damages that a person can recover in a medical malpractice case.  In 2010, that limit or cap is $2 million.  This limit or cap applies to all damages that can be claimed in a medical malpractice case, including compensation for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress.