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Wed March 2, 2005
Panel to Weed-Out Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Passes
Cheyenne, Wy – An agreement has been reached by the state House and Senate on a bill that would set up a medical review panel.
Representatives from both chambers agreed to a bill that mostly resembles the House version of the bill. It is a five member panel, that leaves whether a jury can hear evidence from the panel up to a judge. It also clarifies what ruling the panel is expected to make. Despite the fact that some from the medical community doubt that the bill will do much, Cody Representative Colin Simpson begs to differ. He continues to argue that the panel was successful in weeding out frivolous lawsuits before it was declared unconstitutional in the 80's. Simpson also thinks the panel will be able to provide feedback to attorneys which could lead to settlements. The House and Senate will debate the compromise on Thursday.