The bill eliminates the need to notify the state within 180 days if a malpractice suit is planned against a governmental health care provider, like the UW Hospital. This will mean that government health care providers are subject to the same 3-year statute of limitations as privately run health systems.
The Wisconsin Association for Justice would like to thank Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) and Rep. David Cullen (D-Milwaukee) for sponsoring this legislation. Citizen activist Dr. Eric Rice of Middleton led the fight to change the law. Dr. Rice lost his daughter Erin in 1999 and soon learned of the 180-day notice, which he felt was unfair and fought to change. His goal is that Wisconsin families should be afforded fair and equal treatment under the law, regardless of which hospital or health care provider is used.
Act 278 will be of great benefit to citizens of this state who use UW health facilities or other state or local government health care providers. By eliminating the need to file notice of a malpractice suit within 180 days, more people who have been harmed or wronged will be able to seek justice and restitution for their injuries.
Measures such as this help protect the citizens of Wisconsin and continue to make the Badger state a wonderful place to live and work.
The Wisconsin Association for Justice stands with consumers to promote a fair and effective justice system for every citizen, not just the privileged and wealthy.