At issue was a 2006 state law that required those filing medical negligence lawsuits to submit a certificate of merit from a medical expert in the same field as each of the healthcare defendants involved in the suit.
The court ruled the law violates the separation of powers between the legislature and judiciary branches, as well as blocking medical malpractice victims' access to a trial.
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At the time of the filing, the trial court dismissed a portion of it because Putman did not file a certificate of merit, which prompted the law group to file an appeal.
"The requirement put a burden on victims and elevated doctors and hospitals above the law, making them untouchable to many injured patients," said Putman's attorney Ron Perey.