We've been talking about health courts for awhile now and it seemed a perfect time to let everyone know exactly what they are and how they would deal with medical liability cases. Each day we will breakdown these courts, thanks to Common Good.
Health courts are special courts to handle medical injury disputes. The national advocacy organization Common Good has been working with the Harvard School of Public Health on a project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a conceptual proposal for a new system of health courts. Under the evolving proposal, trained judges assisted by independent, neutral experts will make decisions about the standard of care. As judges issue opinions, a body of law will develop to delineate clear and consistent standards of care. In addition to full economic damages, injured patients will receive non-economic damages according to a compensation schedule based on patient circumstances and severity of injury.
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