Does the medical review panel decide the case?

Does the medical review panel decide the case?

No. The panel forms an opinion as to whether or not the evidence supports the medical malpractice claim, but the panel does not decide the case. The patient still has the right to go to court, and the defendant doctor still has the right to defend the case, regardless of the panel opinion. As a practical matter, many malpractice claims are resolved on the basis of the panel’s report.

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