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Bill could restrict access to medical mistakes

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The Wisconsin state legislature is looking at adopting a bill called the Health Care Quality Improvement Act.  If approved, the bill would make incident reports at hospitals confidential and not subject to subpoenas for medical malpractice lawsuits or criminal investigations.  Incident reports are reports that doctors and nurses make when something goes wrong at a hospital, no matter if it harms a patient or not.

Proponents of the bill, such as the Wisconsin Hospital Association, believe that it would actually result in better patient care because hospitals and doctors would be more likely to participate quality reviews if the documents were confidential.  However, others feel that it could make it more difficult for victims of medical mistakes to receive financial or legal justice.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of hospital negligence or medical malpractice in Wisconsin, contact the Appleton medical malpractice attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your rights.