Massachusetts has new laws governing medical malpractice in the Bay State. Essentially, the law requires doctors to medical errors to their patients. These disclosures can’t be used as an admission of liability if a medical malpractice lawsuit is filed. Additionally, the new law requires a six month “cooling off” period during which the plaintiff and doctor must exchange information and enter into negotiations in order to attempt to reach a settlement agreement.
While it’s premature to determine if the new law will be effective, any law that requires disclosure of medical errors is at the very least, a step in the right direction. All too often medical errors remain unreported and the patient who suffers the medical error is left with no information about what happened or caused the problem.
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