When it comes to choosing a doctor, people here in Indiana and across the nation may use a variety of methods. They may see the doctor their parents saw, or one that was recommended by friend, or they may have chosen one randomly from a list provide by their insurer or health plan. In the case of an emergency room visit, they may have had little to do with the choosing.
The Indiana legislature is again considering changes to the state's medical malpractice damage cap. A bill has cleared the House and now moves to a conference committee, and then to the Senate, if the committee can reach an agreement.
During a personal injury lawsuit, there is typically a complaint and a response. After those documents are filed with the court, a party can file a motion for summary judgment. This motion says that even if everything in the complaint is 100 percent true, there is no valid claim and the lawsuit should be dismissed against the defendant.
The reform attempt in the Indiana legislature to amend the state's limits on medical malpractice damage caps has hit a roadblock, as negotiations have broken down between the parties over a failure to agree on the terms of the amendment.
Here's a fundamental problem with medical malpractice damage caps. They allow doctors and hospitals to shift the cost of care for patients injured due to the doctor's medical malpractice to taxpayers via Medicaid instead of their medical malpractice insurance carrier.