Thursday, March 17, 2005

Health Courts

The Doctor's Court?, an article on LegalAffairs discusses the use of a specialty court, a health court, to adjudicate malpractice claims:
Health courts could begin to solve these problems by providing consistent expert rulings on standards of care. Health courts could work in a number of ways, but we believe the general ingredients would include the following:
  1. full-time judges assisted by medical staff, who would make written rulings;
  2. neutral experts hired by the court;
  3. a liberalized standard of recovery, so that liability is automatic where there is a clear mistake;
  4. scheduled limits on non-economic damages, varying according to the nature of the injury.

Sounds like a good idea to me.

Thanks to MedRants.