Wednesday, May 14, 2008

State Roundup: Medical Malpractice Laws

Louisiana: The Louisiana House rejected legislation that would have expanded coverage under the state's medical malpractice laws, reports the Baton Rouge Advocate. At issue was language that included in the definition of malpractice, "problems that occur when transporting or monitoring patients as well as failure to attend to patients' personal hygiene," according to the Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report — source for this article. Opponents said such legislation would allow overburden the system with nursing home negligence as medical malpractice.

Tennessee: The Tennessee state Senate approved legislation to make frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits more difficult to file, the Tennessean reports. The bill now moves to Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) to be signed into law. The legislation would require attorneys to have a qualified medical expert sign off on the merits of any malpractice case within 90 days of filing suit.

Oregon: The Insurance Journal reports that the Oregon Supreme Court has upheld a five-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice lawsuits involving minors.

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