In an 18-5 vote, the New Hampshire Senate has passed SB 406, also known as the “early offer” bill where victims of alleged medical malpractice would receive a settlement within 90 days. If the bill passes the NH House of Representatives and is signed into law by the Governor, victims of medical malpractice could opt for the early offer. However, in so doing, they circumvent justice and forfeit the rights afforded them by the civil justice system. Furthermore, there would be no discovery in the case so any investigation as to what happened and why would be forfeited. Any real chance at future prevention of a similar medical mistake would be lost. As stated in a previous blog post, this is a bad bill and is not in the best interests of the citizens of New Hampshire. By the way, the whole process would be administered by the state Insurance Department.
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