"In 2007, New Hampshire began using medical malpractice panels that consist of a retired judge, a physician and a lawyer. The panel hears evidence in private and does not have to follow typical court rules. Malpractice panel decisions are not binding, and plaintiffs can still seek a jury trial. The process is designed to promote settlement to ease the burden on the court system. If a malpractice panel reaches a unanimous decision, it is presented to a jury for a final decision."See the full article at: ClinicalAdvisor.com
"Malpractice panels have been popular with insurance companies and within the healthcare field, but trial attorneys view them as an additional step that makes it more difficult and costly for plaintiffs to bring a case to court. The malpractice panel law was enacted in 2005, but was not utilized in New Hampshire until 2007."
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