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Pennsylvania Loosens Venue Laws for Medical Malpractice Suits

November 3rd, 2022 | 4 min. read

By TJ Payne

August 25th, 2022 – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved amendments to several laws surrounding the medical malpractice arena, as brought by the Civil Procedural Rules Committee (CPRC). 20 years ago, rules 1006(a.1), 2130, 2156, and 2179 tightened down where med-mal cases could be tried in the state. The new series of amendments, slated to take effect at the beginning of 2023, will once again allow plaintiffs in medical malpractice suits to shop for venues across the state with relatively few restrictions.

“Legal experts warn the legislation faces a constitutional obstacle, and they say the rule reversal alone won’t expose doctors to baseless legal claims.”

Opposition to the Change

The changes proposed by the CPRC have received opposition from the healthcare community and defense bar, citing fears of rising insurance rates and an increase in frivolous lawsuits. Seeking to overturn the ruling, Representative Torren C. Ecker announced his opposition and submitted a memorandum to legislation.

In Support of the Change

In the CPRC Adoption Report, three primary arguments were identified in support of the rule change request, as highlighted by the National Law Review:

  1. The court’s own data showed that medical malpractice filings had significantly decreased in the past 15 years.
  2. Not only was there a significant decrease in the number of cases filed, but also in the number of claim payments—resulting in less compensation for victims of medical malpractice.
  3. The current venue rule provides special treatment for a particular class of defendants, with the soon-to-be-implemented changes providing fairness of process.


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TJ Payne

TJ is a marketing specialist at Ethos Insurance Inc. He has an extensive background in music, food, and tech, and has recently made the switch to professional liability insurance. When he's not writing copy over at Ethos TJ can usually be found climbing a rock wall or playing with a 3D printer.