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DSC Attorneys Responds to the State Liability Amendment Bill

DSC Attorneys Responds to the State Liability Amendment Bill
October 29, 2018 gnuworld
medical malpractice state liability amendment bill

In May 2018, the State Liability Amendment Bill (B16-2018) was introduced to the National Assembly. It’s now under consideration, and the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has invited written submissions from interested parties.

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the State Liability Act, 1957, so as to, “provide for structured settlements for the satisfaction of claims against the State as a result of wrongful medical treatment of persons by servants of the State”.

At DSC Attorneys, we believe the proposed amendment to the State Liability Act would have a negative effect on patients who have been severely disabled due to proven negligence on the part of State employees.

DSC Attorney’s response to the Bill

At DSC Attorneys, we typically have in excess of 200 active medical malpractice claims at any given time. Based on the considerable number of medical malpractice cases we’ve been involved in over the last 14 years, we’ve compiled a submission offering informed insights about the State Liability Amendment Bill to the Portfolio Committee.

Read our submission for more information.

Also read the FAnews article, Proposed State Liability Amendment Bill will limit payments to victims, in which DSC Attorneys partner, Kirstie Haslam, explains potential implications of the Bill.

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