Lawmakers Debate Spreading Out Malpractice Payments

Cheyenne, Wy – Lawmakers will get to debate a bill that would allow courts to set up structured payments in medical malpractice cases. It means that victims would get periodic payments if they win a judgment, rather then a lump sum. A legislative super committee approved the bill after a lengthy discussion over whether the legislation would hurt victims if they had to wait to collect a judgment. Insurance companies support the legislation and medical providers say it is a tool that could help reduce rising medical malpractice costs. Senator Cale Case of Lander added an amendment that makes sure that future money that a victim receives, matches present value.