Florida Legislature Passes Medical Malpractice Changes

May 6, 2011

The Florida House has approved the final version of a bill overhauling medical malpractice suits in the state.

The bill (HB 479) was approved by a vote of 94-21 on Wednesday. It goes next to Gov. Rick Scott. He is expected to sign it into law.

It requires out-of-state doctors to apply for a certificate to testify as an expert witness in Florida trials. The certification allows the state to discipline out-of-state doctors if they are found to have offered “deceptive or fraudulent” testimony.

The measure provides some immunity from suit for doctors who volunteer to help high school and collegiate sports teams. But senators took out a hospital-protecting provision and said those facilities still need to be held accountable to injured patients.

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  • May 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    HCP National says:
    It is important to have caps and tort reform, but we also have to have mechanisms to punish providers who have acted reckless. Also we need to make patients whole for their ac... read more
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    CoverMD says:
    This is a step in the right direction. In order to implement a common sense practical solution to malpractice insurance physicians need to be assured that spurious litigation ... read more
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    Razia says:
    There needs to be more reform on expert witnesses for medical malpractice insurance claims. It is amazing how both sides can hire a doctor and get them to testify however they... read more
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