Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyers Discuss Special Legislative Session Changes to Law

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

The Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain the laws overseeing civil action against doctors or medical facilities due to negligence can be complex. Changes to the way these claims navigate through the court system came yesterday, with the closing of a special legislative session.

According to an article from KFOR 4 News, a total of 25 changes were made to the law to deal with a bill passed in 2009 that was later found to be unconstitutional. Legislators say they are enacting reforms in an effort to reduce the number of frivolous medical malpractice claims.

A total of 24 of the bills that passed corrected issues with the Oklahoma single subject rule, while the twenty-fifth dealt with certificate merit requirement issues. A certificate of merit requires an expert testify whether or not a claim of negligence is legitimate. The Supreme Court has twice ruled such laws should be removed from the books.

Twenty-one of the bills passed with emergency clauses, allowing them to become law as soon as the governor signs them. The remaining four bills that did not receive emergency clauses will go into effect 90 days after being signed.

J. Colbert Injury Lawyers’ team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how complicated medical malpractice claims can be. That’s why the firm urges anyone who has been harmed while under a medical professional’s care discuss their legal rights with an attorney.