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Madison County Court adopted new rules this year for handling medical malpractice cases, approved by the Illinois Supreme Court, according to Chief Judge Ann Callis.

The new rules require anytime a medical malpractice case is filed that the persons filing the case and the doctor meet and talk of settling.

A few years ago, Doctors saw their insurance premiums increase and dozens closed up shop in the area.

Insurance companies faulted the aggressive Metro East Trial Bar. In most cases lawyers contended the courts were not to blame. The issue has spawned battles in the Illinois Legislature in recent years.

It was in Madison County that Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2005 signed compromise legislation limiting the amount of money for pain and suffering that any doctor or hospital could be forced to pay in a lawsuit while also reforming the physician insurance industry.

For more information please visit our section on Medical Malpractice & Negligent Care Injuries.

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