Yesterday, several health care, physician and small business groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in support of a state law protecting medical providers from unreasonable lawsuits. The state law—which prevents medical liability suits from being filed more than four years after an alleged incident—has been challenged by a Warren County appellate court.
In the amicus brief, the Ohio Supreme Court was urged to support the law and reverse the appellate court’s ruling. The lower court’s decision, if upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court, would permit medical liability cases to be brought years—even decades—after medical records and witnesses may no longer be available.
Organizations included in the brief are the Ohio Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, Ohio State Medical Association, American Medical Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association and the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice—of which Ohio ACEP is a member.