MSNJ Supports Medical Liability Reform Legislation as it Advances out of Committee
MSNJ supported medical liability reform in the Assembly Health Committee this week. A1831, sponsored by Chairman Conaway, would prohibit the addition of defendants using fictitious names at least 120 days prior to the date on which the action is set for trial. This bill also clarifies the existing legal immunity for health care professional who volunteers to respond in good faith to an emergency at a hospital or health care, removing the requirement that the service be provided without payment.
The bill provides that an insurer cannot increase the premium of any medical malpractice liability insurance policy based on a claim of medical negligence or malpractice against an insured unless the claim results in a medical malpractice claim settlement, judgment or arbitration award against the insured. Finally, the bill also prohibits an insurer from increasing medical malpractice insurance premiums, if the alleged malpractice occurred in certain charitable or emergency situations. The trial lawyers oppose the bill. Read the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance’s support letter and flier on the benefit of reform on women’s health.