Appeals court allows medical review panels to continue

11/09/2017 05:37 PM

A controversial law allowing medical review panels in Kentucky is being allowed to move forward, despite the law being struck down as unconstitutional last week.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals granted a stay of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruling last week, which called the law unconstitutional and adding it presents “an expensive and unnecessary obstacle” for those seeking relief in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Eighty-nine current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice cases will be required to proceed through the Medical Review Panel process before being filed in court, according to the Bevin administration that sent out a news release late Thursday on the stay of the Franklin Circuit Court ruling. The court ruling essentially allows the tort reform measure to continue while the appeal is being litigated.

“We are encouraged by the Court of Appeals ruling and ready to resume the administration of Medical Review Panel cases just as they were being handled before Oct. 30,” said Woody Maglinger, press secretary for Gov. Matt Bevin.

Download the motion to stay here: 2017-CA-001770 OMERG.pdf

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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