La. Court Rejects State Med Mal Fund's Challenge To Deal

Law360, New York (June 8, 2017, 2:00 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Louisiana Patient Compensation Fund has no standing to object to a deal to resolve a patient’s suit accusing a doctor of medical malpractice, paving the way for the patient to pursue a claim against the fund beyond a $140,000 settlement.

The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal ruled to overturn a lower court’s finding invalidating a $140,000 settlement between Laureen Olson and Dr. Paul M. Toce Jr. The settlement, which had reserved rights to pursue additional claims against the Louisiana Patient’s Compensation Fund — a self-funded excess insurer — had been paused by...

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