Saturday, April 26, 2008
Both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly have passed a medical malpractice reform bill; it is now in the hands of Governor Phil Bredeson. The Memphis Business Journal states:
The bill will require attorneys to file a certificate of good faith to reduce the number of medical malpractice claims that end in no payment to the plaintiff. The bill will require that medical providers are notified 60 days before a medical malpractice lawsuit is filed. The plaintiff's attorney would need to get certification from a qualified medical expert that there is good cause to pursue a claim against defendants. Also, attorneys who fail to comply with certification rules will be penalized. The bill does not provide for any limits on non-economic damages.