A movement is slowly building to abolish century-old medical malpractice "locality rules" that judge a doctor's performance by the medical standards in the physician's community. Those laws, which are still on the books in 21 states, were originally designed to protect rural doctors who lacked access to medicines and training available in big cities. Now plaintiffs lawyers, courts, medical professionals and a handful of legislators are calling for the demise of such rules, calling them outdated and unfair.
Movement Building to Abolish 'Locality Rules' in Med-Mal Litigation
The National Law Journal
July 23, 2007