SB86 Could Create New Medical Malpractice Standard

Posted on: March 27, 2015 by iSure

In an administration system tactic that hasn’t yet been seen in the U.S., Georgia legislators are reviewing a bill, SB86, which would change the way their state’s medical malpractice lawsuits are handled. While this does not directly affect those who would have to worry about Miami Medical Malpractice Cases, Florida healthcare providers should still pay close attention, as this bill may set a new standard for how these lawsuits progress.

SB86’s proposed administration system would be in charge of handling medical malpractice claims, instead of these lawsuits being filed with the courts. Supporters of SB86 claim that this bill will have positive consequences; eliminating the costs of jury trials and reducing the use of “defensive medicine” practices. Defensive medicine is when doctors order unnecessary medical tests just to protect themselves from potential medical malpractice lawsuits, driving up healthcare costs.

The downside of this bill, say medical malpractice lawyers and consumer advocates, is that the bill will deny patients the right to have their complaints heard by a jury of their peers. Opponents also believe that the bill could lead to higher healthcare costs, and more administrative efforts for the doctors.

If SB86 is passed, the act would impose caps on how much compensation a victim could receive, something that is already done in the Florida jurisdiction, and would also force doctors and other providers to pay into an administrative fund to cover those limited financial awards.

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