Medical malpractice claims serve a number purposes, including holding doctors accountable for negligent behavior, and compensating patients for injuries suffered as a result of such behavior. For obvious reasons, many doctors would like as few of these claims allowed as possible, while injured patients would like as much flexibility as possible in bringing such a suit. This tension causes lawmakers and courts to take policy considerations into account when determining the appropriate standards for bringing such a claim. If negligent behavior by a medical professional does occur, and results in injury, it would be wise to contact an expert medical malpractice attorney at 617-787-3700.
In the early 2000’s, Philadelphia courts became notorious for allowing a large number of medical malpractice claims to come through, and for returning large verdicts for plaintiffs. As a result, plaintiff’s attorneys began filing their suits in Philadelphia, regardless of where the injury occurred. Recognizing that this “venue shopping” practice was becoming a problem, the Philadelphia legislature passed a law requiring such claims to be brought in the county in which they occurred. The following year, the number of medical malpractice claims in Philadelphia was cut nearly in half.
There is now a proposal to repeal this law, and allow medical malpractice claims to be brought in Philadelphia regardless of where the injury occurred. Physicians and commentators worry that not only would an influx of less meritorious cases be brought, but medical practitioners will leave the area to avoid such suits. There is also a concern that the return of venue shopping for medical malpractice claims will clog the court system and lower efficiency. Both sides of the issue are fighting fiercely, and Philadelphia has become their battle ground.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligent behavior by a medical professional, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert medical malpractice attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!