lexisONE
LOGIN REGISTER
REGISTER
 
Customer Support|Your Account & Subscriptions|About lexisONE
LexisNexis® Research
for Small Firms
 
Forms
 
LexisNexis® Bookstore
 
LexisNexis® Mealey's
Online Publications
 
 
Headline Legal News
 
Balancing Life and Practice
 
New Attorneys
 
Legal Web Site Directory
 
Lawyer Locator
 
LexisNexis® Professional
Development Center
 
LexisWeb

 

Headline Legal News

Tennessee, Texas Are Latest State Legislatures To Take Up Medical Criteria



Mealey Publications
March 16, 2005


Tennessee is the latest state to take up asbestos and silica medical criteria bills; meanwhile, the Texas Senate will debate a bill similar to the one introduced in the state's house earlier this month, sources told Mealey Publications.
More from Mealeys.com

Kyle Janek, R-Houston, introduced SB 15 to the Texas Senate on March 9. The bill is similar to the medical criteria bill introduced on Feb. 22 by Joe Nixon, R-Houston, and currently in the House's Civil Practices Committee, sources said.

Both bills require a doctor to diagnose an asbestos- or silica-related impairment before being able to file lawsuits, sources said. Sources said they hope this would give impaired claimants top priority. Sources also said the bill would create an extended period before limitations begin to run in which to bring claims for nonmalignant injuries.

Both Tennessee HB 1561 and SB 1790 require any doctor making a diagnosis of silica or mixed dust exposure to have a doctor-patient relationship with the claimant and limit the authority to spending no more than 25 percent of his or her time to providing consulting or expert services, sources said.

Copyright 2005, LexisNexis, Division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Headline Legal News
News Archive

  
LexisNexis
     www.lexisnexis.com
Customer Support  Browse Federal Case Law  Browse State Case Law  Site Map  Contact Us 
Terms & Conditions    Privacy    Copyright  
© 2008 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.