On Tuesday, February 18, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved Assembly Bill 120, a bill colloquially known as the “I’m sorry bill.”
Under the bill, apologies and condolences expressed to patients by doctors cannot be interpreted as an admission of guilt. Additionally condolences cannot be used as evidence of liability.
An assembly speaker mentioned that the main goal of the bill is to protect doctors’ apologies from being used against them in a medical malpractice case. The bill is included in the list of tort reform measures that the assembly plans to address this year.
Though it is important for physicians and medical institutions to be protected under the law, patients who have been injured by medical negligence should not be responsible for covering the cost of damages. The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., represent injured patients in Racine. To get in touch with an experienced attorney, call (262) 554-6200.