Proposed court rules would bring us back to the bad, old days of ‘venue-shopping’ | Opinion


By Curt Schroder

The year was 2002, and Pennsylvania was in the middle of a medical liability crisis.

High-risk medical specialists were leaving the commonwealth to practice medicine in other states. Family practices were being squeezed out of existence and maternity wards were closing.

The availability of healthcare for every Pennsylvanian was under assault. One of the reasons for all of this: plaintiff attorneys seeking jackpot payouts in Philadelphia’s notoriously high-verdict court system. Fast-forward to 2019, there are some who are working quietly to take us back to that time by changing where physicians can be sued, and they must be stopped.

In 2002, the Legislature and the courts understood that underlying the medical liability crisis was something called “venue shopping.” Read more.

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