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Lawsuit Limitations Established In Pennsylvania and Florida

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Medical malpractice lawsuits may be more difficult to win as Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed HB 479 into law which prevents out-of-state experts from giving testimony against doctors, gives legal immunity to doctors who volunteer their services to college and high school sports teams, and allows sales of medical malpractice insurance that gives doctors the ability to settle out of court.

Opponents of the bill say that it will make it harder for those bringing the lawsuits to be fairly compensated for harms caused by others.

In Pennsylvania , Governor Tom Corbett is expected to pass new tort-reform legislation that will limit the liability for negligence awarded in civil court cases. Currently, defendants found guilty can be held liable for one hundred percent of damages if co-defendants are unable to pay negligence claims that have resulted in death or injury to a person or property. Under the new bill, guilty defendants will not have to pay more than their fair share of damages. Opponents to the PA bill have said the legislation will reward corporations and punish innocent victims.

Both bills have been generally opposed by Democrats and supported by Republicans who feel that the bills are business-friendly and will improve business climates within the states. disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Limitations Established In Pennsylvania and Florida was posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 8:13 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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