CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statements on the passage of Senate Bill 406, a tort reform bill to settle medical injury claims. SB 406 passed 236 to 103.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“By establishing an optional process for victims of medical injury to pursue their claim without having to go through lengthy and expensive litigation, we can reduce the uncertainty for both patients and providers, which in turn will lower health care costs for consumers. It also allows malpractice victims a route to find resolution quickly, if they so choose, and be able to move on with their lives.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“This legislation will bring a new and optional process through which victims of medical malpractice can settle their cases early without the long and expensive procedure of a trail. This legislation will benefit doctors and patients alike by bringing more consistency and speed to medical injury claims in lieu of the often long and burdensome litigation that can take years to resolve. Giving patients more choice will always produce better results, and this new Tort reform is a win-win for all involved.”