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Medical malpractice gets another revision in Georgia

A Georgia appeals court has overturned another portion of last year’s changes to the state law governing medical malpractice lawsuits.

In a 6-1 decision issued Thursday, the Georgia Court of Appeals struck down changes that required medical malpractice plaintiffs to give up the privacy of their medical records when they file their claims.

It’s the latest ruling by Georgia judges reversing parts of the law, designed to encourage speedy out-of-court settlements, penalize parties who file frivolous lawsuits and cap pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice cases at $350,000.

In February, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down a section of the law that allowed defendants to have cases heard in their home counties. Judges have also overturned a rule requiring one side to pay the other’s legal fees.

Source: Augusta Chronicle – Tuesday, July 18, 2006.