Jackpot seeking attorneys filing medical liability cases in courts known for high verdicts and often far away from where the injury occurred, create higher health care costs and less access to care. That is precisely the situation Pennsylvania faces should the medical liability venue rule be rolled back to once again allow venue shopping. PCCJR recently wrote about the threat in an opinion editorial that ran in PennLive.com and LehighValleyLive.com.
The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) on Monday, February 3, will issue its findings on what a medical liability venue rule change could mean for the state. Many of our stakeholders testified at the LBFC’s hearing last June with a clear warning to expect substantial premium increases should venue shopping return. PCCJR will update you as soon as the report is released.