New Ketucky Medical Malpractice Bill Will Require Review Panels

The Kentucky Senate passed a bill to organize review panels in medical malpractice cases that may restrict access to the courts for victims of medical malpractice. The Courier-Journal reported the story here. “The bill will require medical malpractice complaints be taken to a panel of three experts—which would say whether proper standards of care were met—before someone could take a claim to court. A change to the bill approved in committee would make the review panel’s finding inadmissible in court if new substantial evidence were discovered after that report.”

According to some democrats, the medical malpractice panels will “unduly restrict access to the courts for victims of medical malpractice.” A number of democrats also believe that the bill is pandering to business. The bill previously failed in the Kentucky House.

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