Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Screening Malpractice claims

N.H. Approves Pre-Trial Medical Malpractice Screening Panel
New Hampshire lawmakers have approved pretrial screening panels in medical malpractice lawsuits in hopes of controlling rising insurance costs for doctors.


A panel comprising a judge, a lawyer and a doctor would review cases before they went to trial. The panel would consider evidenceand testimony from witnesses. If the panel unanimously felt the case was weak and the parties continued to trial, the panel's finding would be presented to the jury.

It would appear that the panel's opinion would not be binding, but it could influence a jury.