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University of Richmond

1976

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Virginia's New Medical Malpractice Review Panel And Some Questions It Raises, Thomas J. Harlan Jr. Jan 1976

Virginia's New Medical Malpractice Review Panel And Some Questions It Raises, Thomas J. Harlan Jr.

University of Richmond Law Review

Historically, attorneys would claim that in potential medical malpractice cases, it was difficult, if not impossible, to proceed against a defendant doctor. The so-called "conspiracy of silence" existed, causing the refusal of other doctors to serve as expert medical witnesses to prove that the defendant fell below the standard of reasonable care. This has not been true in Virginia for some time. In 1962, by a joint effort of the Virginia State Bar and the Medical Society of Virginia, a "Joint Screening Panel" was established. Its two-fold purpose was (1) to prevent frivolous claims from being filed against physicians and ...