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Mississippi College Law Review

ARTICLES: Tort Reform and the Medical Liability Insurance Crisis in Mississippi: Diagnosing the Disease and Prescribing a Remedy

Fall, 2002

22 Miss. C. L. Rev. 9

Author

Neil Vidmar and Leigh Anne Brown *

Excerpt

Medical insurance liability premiums have risen substantially in many states during the past year 2 The matter is a serious one, having potentially important consequences for Mississippi's health care system. In response, the Governor of Mississippi called an Extraordinary Session of the Legislature that after much debate and conflicting evidence passed an Act to Amend Section 11-11-3 of the MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972. The Act was signed by the Governor and went into effect on January 1, 2003.

The Act provides a number of prescriptions for the medical malpractice crisis. One is that any civil actions must be commenced in the county in which the defendant(s) are found or in the county where the cause of action occurred. 4 of the Act incorporates a wide number of health care providers who are employed by the University of Mississippi Health Care Center or its affiliated practice sites under the Mississippi Torts Claims Act. 5 The Act also addresses and modifies the joint and several liability rule, 7 and requires plaintiffs' attorneys to certify that they have consulted with at least one qualified expert regarding the likelihood of negligence alleged in the claim. 9 Claims filed before July 1, 2011, are capped at $ 500,000; 11 and after July 1, 2017, ...
 
 
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