LAKE CHARLES, La. - A panel of the Third District Louisiana Court of Appeal on Feb. 7 affirmed a ruling from a trial court that claims against a hospital in a medical malpractice suit are subject to a state law that caps general damages against political subdivisions to $500,000 (Brandi Billeaudeau, et al. v. Opelousas General Hospital Authority, et al., No. 17-735, La. App., 3rd Cir., 2018 La. App. LEXIS 215).