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PROPOSED VENUE RULE CHANGE FOR
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA
January 2019

React Now - Don't allow this threat to become a crisis!
What is happening?
The Civil Procedural Rules Committee has published a proposed rule change that would revise the venue rule
(the county in which a medical malpractice case may be filed).

What does venue mean?
Venue is either a county (for cases in state court) or a district or division (for cases in federal court). Venue deals
with the locality of a lawsuit - that is, in which locale a lawsuit may be filed or commenced.

How does changing the venue rule affect Pennsylvania physicians?
By allowing venue in counties with little to no relation to the underlying cause of action, claimants could shop
for verdict friendly venues in which to file their suits.
As was the case before steps were taken in 2002 to address the medical malpractice crisis, the state will return to:
* Higher medical professional liability insurance premiums
* PA less attractive state for physicians to practice
* Patient access to care issues
You MUST act now - EVERY physician, EVERY health care professional,
EVERY patient!
Help stop this threat before it becomes a crisis. The only way to stop the
rule change is to flood the committee with personal comments.
To learn more about the history, rationale, and effect of the proposed
rule change, go to www.pamedsoc.org/www.pamedsoc.org/VenueRule.
If you have any questions, please contact the
Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348)
or KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org.

Deadline for comment:

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Send an e-mail to:
Karla M. Shultz, Counsel
Civil Procedural Rules
Committee
Supreme Court of
Pennsylvania
civilrules@pacourts.us
Indicate that your comments
refer to the proposed changes
to Pennsylvania Rule of Civil
Procedure 1006, relating to
venue and process in medical
malpractice cases.

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