Florida Senate Makes it Harder to File Lawsuits

April 15, 2013

The Florida Senate is making it harder to pursue medical malpractice claims.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 27-12 for the bill and sent it to the House.

The legislation (SB 1792) requires that expert witnesses called against a defendant doctor practice the exact same kind of medicine and not just be in “similar” fields.

The bill also allows any health care provider called as a witness to breach patient confidentiality and give attorneys information about a patient’s treatment.

Opponents called the legislation “overkill” and said it could potentially shield doctors from lawsuits even when they doing something wrong.

Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon and the prime sponsor, said the bill was an effort to create “fairness” in the system where doctors accused are not subjected to a “voodoo scientist” who testifies against them.

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