The Fight to End Lawsuit Abuse Begins in PA House As ‘Benevolent Gesture’ Heads to Senate

The first bill to attack the prevalent abuse of Pennsylvania’s civil justice system passed the House today, Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said. 

“Our job is to protect ALL Pennsylvania residents and employers. With today’s lawsuit-happy environment, employers are choosing to move out or head somewhere other than Pennsylvania,” Turzai said. “The House plans to vote on commonsense legal reforms aimed at bringing fairness, balance and stability to Pennsylvania’s civil justice system, and benevolent gesture is the start.”  

Fear of litigation has hampered some medical providers from giving a full disclosure of unanticipated outcomes. For this reason, 35 states have passed immunity for apology laws.  

House Bill 495, authored by Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York County), would allow doctors and health care providers to apologize or offer expressions of grief without fear their words will be used against them in court.  

State Representative Mike Turzai
28th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Stephen Miskin

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