SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Doctors and trial lawyers have come to a rare agreement aimed at reducing medical malpractice lawsuits in Oregon.
The Oregon Medical Association and the Trial Lawyers Association are both backing a bill that would create a voluntary new process to resolve disputes following serious medical errors.
Injured patients would be able to discuss the error and a possible settlement with the hospital or clinic where it occurred. The discussions would not be admissible in court if a lawsuit is ultimately filed.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure on Thursday, advancing it to a budget committee.
Proponents hope doctors would have a better opportunity to learn from mistakes. Critics say it won't do anything to reduce liability insurance premiums for doctors.