Legislature passes medical malpractice reform bill

On April 24, 2008, in News 2008, by Mark Norris

Memphis Business Journal
April 24, 2008

A medical malpractice reform bill is on its way to Gov. Phil Bredesen’s desk after it passed both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly today.

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.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Doug Overby, R-Maryville, and Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville.

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