New Massachusetts Medical Liability Reform Speeds up Medical Malpractice Claims Process

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A recently enacted medical malpractice law in the state of Massachusetts requires patients to report the intention to sue health care providers within six months of the medical error. The health care provider must respond to the claim within 150 days.

The law is intended to encourage communication and resolution between patients, lawyers, doctors, and healthcare institutions. A recent malpractice case reached a settlement in approximately one year, which is significantly less time than most cases, under this new law.

To read more about the recent MA medical liability reform and the growing popularity of medical-legal communication and resolution programs, follow the link to NPR’s Malpractice Changes In Massachusetts Offer Injured Patients New Options.