Tort Reform in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Attorney Dean Weitzman, guest host David Rapoport and guest commentator, attorney Tom Duffy discuss new changes in Pennsylvania law that could affect compensation for victims of personal injury and medical malpractice.
Many people may think that tort reform is an obscure concept that does not apply to them. Until they get injured, that is. Tort reform is just a name to describe laws and legal procedures that attempt to limit the amount of compensation that injury victims - from those injured in car accidents to those injured at the hands of their doctors - can obtain in damages.
The hosts also field questions from callers on when victims' claims for personal injury will expire, New Jersey's tort reform measures, and delayed diagnosis of medical conditions.
Listen Now: Court Radio Program on Tort Reform Dean Weitzman, Tiffany Bacon and David M. Rapoport are joined by guess host, attorney Tom Duffy, to discuss tort reform. Original Air Date: May 3, 2009
Learn more about how tort reform can affect you:
- Several years ago, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed tort reform measures at the behest of physicians' lobby groups after claims that Pennsylvania physicians were leaving the state in droves because they could no longer afford the high costs of practicing medicine in the state, particularly the costs of medical malpractice insurance due to the high number of medical malpractice claims.
- Since the tort reform measures were passed, personal injury claims in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have dropped by roughly half. Victims are now required to obtain a certificate of merit from a physician, essentially a statement indicating that the plaintiff's claim has merit, to file a medical malpractice claim. Victims are also required to file claims in the county where the malpractice occurred, which may not be the same as where the victim lives.
- Proposed changes currently being considered by the Pennsylvania Legislature include creating a new appellate court, the Medical Professional Liability Court, to hear medical malpractice appeals and limiting recovery in medical malpractice cases.
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