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Short Titles as Introduced

Meaningful End to Defensive Medicine & Aimless Lawsuits (MedMal) Act of 2010

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Official Title as Introduced

To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system, and for other purposes.

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07/01/2010Introduced in House

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07/01/2010Referred to House Energy and Commerce
Action By: House of Representatives
07/01/2010Referred to House Judiciary
Action By: House of Representatives
07/01/2010Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
07/01/2010Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary07/01/2010 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce07/01/2010 Referred to

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Introduced in House (07/01/2010)

Meaningful End to Defensive Medicine & Aimless Lawsuits (MedMal) Act of 2010 - Sets forth provisions regulating lawsuits for health care liability claims related to the provision of health care goods or services.

Sets a statute of limitations of three years after the date of the manifestation of injury or one year after the claimant discovers the injury, with certain exceptions.

Caps the amount of noneconomic damages at $350,000 if a claimant rejects a settlement that meets certain criteria.

Prohibits a provider of collateral source benefits from recovering any amount from an award in a health care lawsuit involving injury or wrongful death.

Makes a benevolent gesture or admission of fault that is made by a health care provider or employee to the claimant or the claimant's relative or representative inadmissible as evidence of an admission of liability or an admission against interest.

Makes each party liable only for the amount of damages proportional to such party's percentage of responsibility.

Authorizes the award of punitive damages only where: (1) it is otherwise permitted by applicable state or federal law; (2) it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted with malicious intent to injure the claimant or deliberately failed to avoid unnecessary injury the claimant was substantially certain to suffer; and (3) compensatory damages are awarded.

Provides for periodic payment of future damages.

Prohibits a health care provider from being named as a party to a product liability lawsuit for prescribing or dispensing a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medical product.

Prescribes qualifications for expert witnesses.