Monday, December 15, 2008
A few years ago, New Hampshire adopted med mal screening panels -- requiring plaintiffs to submit their cases to a panel. While the panel (made up of a doctor, a lawyer, and a judge) (must resist a "...walk into a bar" joke) can't stop a case from going forward, if they vote unanimously in favor or against the plaintiff, the jury is informed of that vote.
Now, according to InsuranceJournal.com, people are trying to see if there's an impact. As the story lays out, the initial indications are unclear; it hasn't made a huge change in costs or speed, but some participants suggest that it just needs to be tweaked.