Senate Passes Medical Malpractice Bill

Nashville (AP) - The State Senate unanimously passed a measure intended to limit medical malpractice lawsuits in Tennessee.

Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said the bill would cut down on frivolous lawsuits against doctors by requiring attorneys to pre-certify the merits of their case with independent medical experts.

The measure is still pending in the House.

The bill leaves out caps on lawsuit awards that have long been called for by the Tennessee Medical Association.

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