Over at The Atlantic, Philip Howard offers a run-down of existing ideas to rein in medical malpractice suits. If you listened to or read the President’s speech last week, he suggested that one way to help lower medical costs would be to implement some tort-reform measures. Because tort reform is an issue that is near and dear to the hearts of trial attorneys (or at the least, should be), I just wanted to bring it to your attention.
Among some of the ideas he mentions are:
- Special medical courts
- Limits on damages
- Malpractice screening panels
- Insulate doctors from liability for following certain national standards
- Apology statutes – this sounds very interesting!
- Early settlement incentives
Check out the article and let us know your thoughts.