If you have ever had to go through a malpractice suit, you know that the case could very well be resolved too late to meet your needs. Loss of work and mounting bills all too often decide the outcome of these cases. Our medical malpractice attorneys in Baltimore are excited to learn about this new program that has just started in New York.
Looking at Judge-Directed Negotiation
This program started in the Bronx in New York City, and has quickly spread to other areas in the state of New York. It is designed to speedily handle malpractice cases in a fair way, but without all the expense and delay of a full court case. In essence, it is a mediated dispute where the judge-serving more as a referee-does not specifically assign monetary compensation. That is for the two parties to agree upon. Also, the plaintiff has the option to bring the case to trial if they are not satisfied.
Implementing a plan like this in Maryland is an exciting prospect. As mentioned earlier, it could greatly speed up the process of getting compensated for malpractice. It also has the added benefit of being an "out of court" settlement for the defendants, which can make quick resolution more desirable for them. If a doctor can avoid lengthy trials which run the risk of having a malpractice mark on his record, he probably will.
Our medical malpractice attorneys at Snyder and Snyder will continue to keep you posted on the current medical malpractice news.
For more information on the judge-directed negotiation, please visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/judge-devises-model-for-resolving-medical-malpractice-cases-more-quickly/2011/11/16/gIQAT0EthN_story.html