Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill making it more difficult to bring medical malpractice lawsuits in the state. Republican supporters of the bill said it will help attract doctors to the state. Opponents argue that the measure threatens the ability of malpractice victims to recover damages for medical negligence.
What this means is that if a jury concludes that you walked into an emergency room and become paralyzed or die as the result of careless emergency room doctor or nurse, the jury may still find the doctor not responsible under Arizona malpractice law. It is just a bad idea that turns hundreds of years of medical malpractice law on its head.