Senate preparing to vote on malpractice changes

Medical Malpractice
Posted at 4:41 AM, Apr 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-11 00:48:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate is ready to vote on a bill that would make it harder to pursue medical malpractice claims.

Senators discussed the bill (SB 1792) Wednesday and set it for final passage on Thursday.

It requires that expert witnesses called against a defendant doctor practice the exact same kind of medicine and not just be in "similar" fields.

The bill also allows any health care provider called as a witness to breach patient confidentiality and give attorneys information about a patient's treatment.

But senators removed a provision allowing defendants and their insurers to interview a plaintiff's health care providers without having to go through attorneys.