A new bill before the Wisconsin legislature could restrict access hospital incident reports. Hospital incident reports are filed by doctors and nurses at hospitals when an accident happens or something goes wrong, regardless of whether or not a patient is injured. The bill, Health Care Quality Improvement Act, would not allow these reports to be accessed for medical malpractice lawsuits or criminal investigations. In addition, the bill includes a provision to limit non-economic, or "pain and suffering", damages in nursing home negligence lawsuits.
On one hand, creators and proponents of the bill believe that it will improve hospital care because it will make doctors and nurses more willing to complete incident reports and participate in quality of service reviews. On the other hand, others fear that the bill could possibly prevent victims of medical malpractice from obtaining the compensation that they deserve.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact the Green Bay medical malpractice attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to learn more about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Wisconsin.