SB 443 by Sen. LaFleur (D-Ville Platte), as introduced, would have required a plaintiff in a malpractice suit against a healthcare provider, engineer or architect to serve upon the defendant an expert report setting forth the qualifications of the expert and the basis of the opinion.
The bill was supported by the Louisiana Hospital Association and opposed by the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ). It was vigorously debated for hours in the Senate Committee on Judiciary A. The net result was that the committee voted to delete the architects and engineers from the bill and to repeal the Medical Review Panels from both the state and the private medical malpractice acts.
SB 443 was reported as amended.
The motion by Sen. Claitor (R-Baton Rouge) was opposed by the trial lawyers (LAJ), who oppose expert reports, and the LHA and the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS), who both oppose the repeal of Medical Review Panels.
The LHA, LSMS and the LAJ all oppose the amended bill and have communicated that opposition to the author. Sen. LaFleur has told the LHA that he will not attempt to move the bill any further.