Utah Supreme Court Strikes Down State Med Mal Law

By Y. Peter Kang (July 22, 2019, 9:17 PM EDT) -- The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that a state law requiring medical malpractice claimants to obtain a "certificate of compliance" from a state agency is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers doctrine, reinstating a suit that accused a hospital of negligently causing a patient's death.

In a unanimous ruling, the state's highest court on Friday reversed the dismissal of a suit accusing Jordan Valley Medical Center and other health care providers of causing the death of Gustavo Vega, a 44-year-old man who died one week after a routine gallbladder removal surgery.

The patient's widow, Yolanda Vega, had sought a...

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