Senators Telo Taitague talks about Bill 112 with Tony Lamorena
Written by Paul Charfauros on June 24, 2021
Bill No. 112-36 (COR), the so-called medical malpractice bill, receives its first public hearing.
Bill No. 112-36 (COR) replaces Guam’s Medical Malpractice Mandatory Arbitration Act (MMMAA) with a pre-trial screening proposal.
The MMMAA requires individuals claiming to have been victims of medical malpractice, to first arbitrate their complaint before filing in court. Costs of arbitration on top of the cost of the potential trial have deterred the filing of claims by those who can’t afford the upfront costs.
Bill No. 112-36 (COR) allows a claimant (plaintiff) to file their claim in court where a Magistrate Judge is responsible for determining whether there is evidence to support the conclusion that a healthcare provider (defendant) failed to comply with the appropriate standard of care.