Lawmakers in New Hampshire’s state Senate submitted a bill recently that would change the way many medical malpractice cases are handled in the state, according to an article in the Union-Leader.
The bill would create an “early offer” program for medical malpractice cases. Under the program, a medical professional would have to make a settlement offer to an injured patient within 90 days. The settlement amount would include medical bills and lost wages, but damages for pain and suffering would be limited to a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $117,500.
Patients would not be required to accept the early offer. However, if a patient rejected the offer, he or she would be required to prove in court that there is “clear and convincing evidence” medical negligence occurred – a more difficult legal standard to meet than the current standard that applies to medical malpractice cases.
Supporters say the bill will help patients get compensation for their injuries without having to endure a lengthy trial process. Opponents, however, argue that the “clear and convincing” standard will discourage patients from going to trial even when it is in their best interests to do so.
Medical malpractice cases are often complex, making them difficult and confusing, especially for those struggling to recover from a medical procedure gone wrong. At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our skilled medical malpractice lawyers in New Hampshire have helped many injured patients and their families figure out what happened and seek the compensation they deserve. To discuss your case with us, call our office today at (888) 332-5855 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.