Damages Cap Law and Legal Definition

Damages cap refers to a law that limits the amount a jury can award for damages regardless of the facts of the case. Some state legislatures have enacted caps in civil cases. Some caps are only for specific types of cases, like medical malpractice. Some states limit non-economic damages only. For example, in Georgia there are caps for non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases and caps punitive damages in all but a few types of cases.