Quality healthcare is vital to our families and communities. Frivolous lawsuits threaten the availability of healthcare through increased medical liability costs and doctors being forced to practice defensive medicine. Predatory tactics of aggressive out-of-state lawyers threaten the existence of Pennsylvania’s elder care in long-term and skilled nursing facilities. Fairness demands a balance that protects patients and the heroes who care for them.
Former Pennsylvania Governor Richard “Dick” Thornburgh, referred to as a “Legal and Public Service Giant,” has passed away at the age of 88. Throughout his life and leadership he spoke passionately on the damage lawsuit abuse does to the economy and the rule of law.Read Now
Leadbetter vs. Keystone Anestesia Consultants
This case presents two questions. Does the Superior Court’s holding directly conflict with the Pennsylvania Peer Review Protection Act, by ordering the production of acknowledged “peer review documents” solely because they were maintained in a physician’s credentialing file? Does the Superior Court’s holding directly conflict with the Federal Healthcare Quality Improvement Act and federal regulations which protect from disclosure, responses to statutorily-required inquiries of the national practitioner data bank, by ordering the production of such documents?
Status: Briefs filed
Kirksey vs. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Univ. of Pittsburgh Physicians, and Satyanarayana Gedela, MD
At issue: Must a limiting jury instruction be given when evidence of general risks and complications are admitted in a medical negligence case?
Status: Supreme Court dismissed the appeal as improvidently granted. Justice Wecht wrote a concurring statement
Lawyers Attempting To Get Documents They Aren’t Entitled To
Bill #HB 161
HB 161 would allow Department of Health surveys and inspections to be used in civil cases involving care of patients.
Referred to House Health Committee
Pandemic Liability Protections
Bill #SB 1239
SB 1239 provides for limited COVID-19-related liability to manufacturers and others who provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), certain medical services, and who have opened up their businesses and followed CDC guidelines.
Referred to Senate Judiciary
Covid-19 Liability Protection
Bill #HB 1737
HB 1731 provides Covid-19 liability protection to healthcare practitioners and facilities, manufacturers of personal protective equipment, as well as protection from exposure claims for those following health guidelines. In addition to healthcare and businesses large and small, the bill protects schools, colleges and universities, childcare centers, and local governments.
Vetoed by Governor Wolf on November 30, 2020